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Pi Day at the Sciences Library March 19th at 3:14

The Sciences Library along with the rest of the Libraries on Campus will be celebrating Pi day on March 19th when the students and faculty will be back on campus. We have a new display in our case with Pi day books. We will be serving coffee and apple pie bites from Neel Bakery in Coralville. So please come and join us. We will be serving of course at 3:14 on the 19th! Hope to see you there.


Darwin Days: The Rap Guide to Evolution

Sciences Library, Health Sciences and the Biology Department have joined together to bring The Rap Guide to Evolution to the Englert Theatre. Feb 12th at 7pm. This will be the finale for the Darwin Day Celebrations. Doors will open at 6pm we hope you can join us. There are more events planned for Fri, Sat and Sun. Please check the website out for this informations http://iowacitydarwinday2012.org/.  Both libraries are displaying artifacts and books of Darwin and his studies.


Welcome Back…

Welcome back from your long winter break! We have a new exhibit up:”The Science of Sports”  If you are looking for a warm place to study and grab a cup of coffee please join us. We have two floors with computers. We also have comfortable bean bag chairs. If you have any questions take advantage of Meebo Chat. There is either a full-time staff member or student available to answer your questions.

We want to make sure you are aware of our hours:

M-Th 9:00am – 9:00pm

F 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sat Closed

Sun 1:00pm – 9:00pm



Sciences Library Hours During Thanksgiving Week

The Sciences Library will be open limited hours during the Thanksgiving week and adjacent weekends.
The hours we will be open are as follows:

Sunday  Closed  November 20th, 2011
Monday – Wednesday  9-noon, 1-5  November 21st – 23rd, 2011
Thursday – Sunday  Closed  November 24th – 27th, 2011


All of the staff at the Sciences Library wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

"Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving" vintage greeting card

Image source: http://www.pdclipart.org/thumbnails.php?album=65


Three New Resource Guides!

computer science libguide screenshotSome of our favorite tools to create resource guides for you is a software package called LibGuides.  LibGuides are digital bibliographies that allow us to point you to resources valuable to your specific discipline. 

We are excited to have published three brand-new guides recently: General Sciences, Computer Science, and Statistics and Actuarial Science

We hope you will take a peek at these great directories of resources available to you through the University of Iowa Libraries.  Don’t forget our other guides, too!  You can find them on the Sciences Library homepage.

 general sciences libguide screenshotstatistics and actuarial science libguide screenshot



New! ProQuest Environmental Sciences Collection

Screenshot of the ProQuest Environmental Sciences Collection front page

An Example of the ProQuest Environmental Sciences Collection User Interface

We are proud to announce that the University of Iowa Libraries now have access to the ProQuest Environmental Sciences Collection!  Here’s a short blurb from the database describing its features:

“The collection contains environmental science related full-text articles, granular access to figures and tables within articles, environmental impact statements, and the entire range of bibliographic records from Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM). ESPM provides unparalleled and comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences drawn from over 10,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.”

One very valuable feature of this resource is the “deep indexing”, or ability to search not just for articles, but also for figures and tables within articles.

The subject coverage of the database is very broad; covering everything in the environmental sciences from Agriculture and Air Pollution to Environmental Education and Waste Management.  We hope you find this exciting new resource useful!

You can access the ProQuest Environmental Sciences Collection with your HawkID via this link: http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/proquest/envirsc

Subject coverage

  • Agriculture
  • Air pollution
  • Control technologies
  • Endangered species
  • Energy
  • Environmental design
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Environmental safety
  • Geophysical and climate change
  • Global warming
  • International environmental policy
  • Land use and pollution
  • Marine pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Population
  • Population studies
  • Radiological contamination
  • Resource management
  • Solid and toxic waste
  • Sustainable development
  • Toxicological effects
  • Transportation
  • Waste management
  • Water pollution
  • Wildlife / biodiversity

Happy Mole Day! (October 23rd)

The University of Iowa Sciences Library would like to wish you a Happy Mole Day!

Mole Day is traditionally observed by admirers of chemistry worldwide on October 23rd, from 6:02am to 6:02pm.  The purpose of the day is to generate enthusiasm and interest in chemistry, and to commemorate the discovery of Avogadro’s Number, which is approximately 6.02 x 10^23. ¹

Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) was an Italian physicist whose hypotheses contributed to the discovery of the ideal gas law, and is credited with discovering the mole, which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  One mole of a substance contains Avogadro’s number of molecules or atoms of that substance. ¹

Avogadro’s ideas were largely unrecognized during his lifetime.  They became more well-known after his death when Stanislao Cannizzaro argued for their acceptance in 1860. ²

Portrait of Amadeo Avogadro
Information in this blog post comes from the following sources:¹ http://www.moleday.org/

² http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Avogadro.html, courtesy of Eric W. Weisstein

 http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=avogadro (Avogadro portrait image source)

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/06/happy-mole-day.php (Mole portrait image source)


Happy Halloween and Mole Day!

Happy Mole day which is Oct. 23! We are also want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

We are celebrating them both together in our display case and around the library. Have you ever seen a 4 horned sheep? We have the skull of one. Have you ever seen a Frankenmole? We have one of those to. Come by and check out our new display.

Did you know?:

Avogadro is well known for his hypothesis known as Avogadro’s Law. His law simply states that at a fixed temperature and pressure, equal volumes of gases contain the same number of molecules.

What was the name of Dracula’s sidekick?  Igor

It would take over 19 million years to spend Avogadro’s number of dollars if the money were spent at the rate of one billion dollars per second.

Who was the first person to star as Frankenstein?  Boris Karloff

Counting at a rate of one atom per second, for 48 hours per week, it would take the entire population of the world 10 million years in order to reach Avogadro’s number.

Do you know how to make homemade fake blood? 1 c. Karo Syrup 1 tbls. Water 2 tbsp.

Red Food Coloring 1 tsp yellow food coloring. Mix them all together.

Enjoy these trivia and come take a look at the Sciences Library!






Chemistry: It’s FUN-damental Demonstration

Chemistry Demonstration

A demonstration on the
Wonders of Chemistry will take be conducted
by Lou Messerle, Chemistry Professor

Thursday, September 8th


Main Library Exhibit Lobby

The University of Iowa Libraries has compiled an exhibit celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 as well as emphasizing how fundamental chemistry is and how it can be seen in everyday life. The exhibit will be on display from July to December 2011.

Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilisation and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.
John Calvin Coolidge


Infohawk Currently Unavailable

The UI Libraries’ online catalog InfoHawk is currently unavailable. IT staff are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

We’ll post an update when InfoHawk is back online.