Uncategorized Category


Science.gov Announces Spanish Version, Multimedia, and Enhanced Search Features

Washington D.C – Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced today the launch of the Spanish version of Science.gov, http://ciencia.science.gov. Ciencia.Science.gov provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does Science.gov, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to Ciencia.Science.gov initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

“Congratulations to all the federal science agencies involved in Science.gov for making the best government science data accessible to the millions of Spanish-speaking Americans across our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  “I encourage students, teachers, researchers, engineers and members of the public to take advantage of the new Spanish version of this valuable federal science portal.  The Ciencia.Science.gov web site will help increase the vital role of U.S. scientific information in education, innovation and discovery, and will help encourage Latino communities to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, Science.gov now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

The Science.gov Alliance will highlight these and other achievements in its 10th Anniversary celebration in December.

“The Alliance has worked hard to make this a significant interface update and the new navigation will help the public find the science information they need,” said Tina Gheen of the Library of Congress, and Science.gov Alliance chair. Annie Simpson of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Science.gov Alliance co-chair, said, “This federal interagency information portal, now 10 years strong, continues to improve public access to federal science information products.”

The interagency Science.gov Alliance – which governs Science.gov – includes the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget.

The Science.gov web site is hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within the Office of Science.

Science.gov, your gateway to U.S. federal science, is supported by CENDI (http://www.cendi.gov), an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.


SciFinder Enhancements

SciFinder has released a new update to help scientists increase their productivity by improving “precision and evaluation of reaction answer sets, and…collaboration with other SciFinder users.”

Learn more…


Library 101 Workshop (10/3)

Please join the Sciences Library for:

Lunch @ the Library: Library 101

At 12:30-1:20pm on Wednesday, October 3rd in 102 SL (Sciences Library classroom)

You may bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What kinds of resources and services are available at the University of Iowa Libraries.
  • How to use My Library Account, Smart Search, the InfoHawk catalog and InfoLink to find the information you need for your research.
  • How to access library resources from off-campus.
  • What to do when the library doesn’t have the materials you need.
  • How to get help when you need it.

Science of the Civil War exhibit

Science of the Civil WarThe Sciences Library has a new exhibit on display for September: the Science of the Civil War.

The exhibit features books from the UI Libraries collection and some great Civil War era artifacts, including:

  • Bullets
  • Cannonballs
  • Confederate cap
  • Camera
  • Surveying tools

The library would like to thank the Geoscience Department and Vera Jean Fitzgerald for loaning us these items.


USGS Reports: Mississippi River Flows Backwards Due to Isaac

Here’s an interesting news story:

“Strong winds and storm surge from Hurricane Isaac’s landfall forced the Mississippi River to flow backwards for nearly 24 hours on Tuesday, August 28.”



Fall Semester Hours at the Sciences Library

From August 20 – December 14, 2012, the Sciences Library will be open:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

The Sciences Library will be CLOSED on September 1, 2, and 3 for Labor Day.


Scopus is here!

The University of Iowa Libraries has added a new abstract and citation database to its collection. Scopus is similar to our current database Web of Science (WOS). While it has fewer years of journal coverage than WOS, for more recent years, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database. It includes peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and quality web sources. It’s subject coverage includes: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering ; Life and Health Sciences ; Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics ; Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Scopus is available to students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa and can be accessed both on and off-campus at: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/scopus.

Scopus features include:

  • Linking to full-text articles and other library resources.
  • Author Identifier to automatically match an author’s published research including the h-index.
  • Citation Tracker to simply find, check and track citations in real-time.
  • Affiliation Identifier to automatically identify and match an organization with all its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer provides a quick insight into journal performance.
  • Alerts, RSS and HTML feeds to stay up-to-date.
  • Document Download Manager to easily download and organize multiple full-text articles simultaneously.
  • Interoperability with SciVerse ScienceDirect, Reaxis and ProQuest’s CSA Illumina.
  • Data export via bibiliographic managers such as RefWorks, EndNote and BibTex.

For more information about Scopus, please visit About Scopus. View tutorials and other information at Scopus Help. If you have questions or would like to arrange a demonstration of Scopus for yourself or your class, please contact the Sciences Library at 319-335-3083 or lib-sciences@uiowa.edu.


Summer Interim Hours

The Sciences Library Interim Hours:

July 28 – Aug. 17

Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Sat and Sun Closed



Good News From the Sciences Library

We had an upgrade at the Sciences Library!  We have all new computers on the first and third floor. They are faster and the screens are bigger for much easier reading. We were also lucky enough to get two scanners. One is located on the first floor by the printer and the other one is on the  3rd floor in the computer cluster room. We are very excited about these changes! If you need help using the scanners please feel free to ask anyone at the desk and they will be glad to show you.


New reference database: AccessScience

The University of Iowa Libraries has added a new reference database to its collection: AccessScience. AccessScience is available to students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa and can be accessed both on and off-campus.

AccessScience (video demo) allows researchers to browse by topic or use keyword searching to find:

  • Over 8,500 online articles from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th edition, written by more than 5000 researchers;
  • Research updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology;
  • 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms;
  • 2,000+ biographies of well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  • Science and technology news and videos from Science News and ScienCentral.

Other features include:

  • Multimedia collections of animations, videos and images;
  • Q & A section with user-submitted questions and expert answers;
  • Topical study guides and ideas for essay topics;
  • Bibliographies with literature citations organized by topic.

AccessScience is an excellent place for science & technology researchers to begin their search. It provides an authoritative general overview of science & technology topics and guides researchers to other relevant and reliable sources for further study. If you would like a demonstration of this new database, please contact the Sciences Library (335-3083).