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Cell Phone Use

The Pomerantz Business Library wishes to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to study.  Ringing phones and loud conversations make if difficult for Library users to study or do research.  Therefore, please observe the following:

  • Set your cell phone on vibrate or use text messaging.
  • If you need to talk on your phone, please keep the call brief or go outside of the Library. Thank you.

CountryWatch Global Macroeconomic Forecast

For the month of March, the University of Iowa has access to the Global Macroeconomic Forecast on the CountryWatch site. [The Forecast is the last link on the left side of CountryWatch’s homepage].

The CountryWatch Forecast is an essential tool for making key strategic decisions and for teaching advanced economic concepts. The accuracy, coverage, and functionality found in the CountryWatch Forecast is unmatched in the industry. The CountryWatch Forecast is the only product of its kind that provides a truly mathematical base for accurately forecasting key macroeconomic variables, along with the functionality to create alternative scenarios for 194 countries of the world.

Announcing RefWorks Citation Management Software

The University of Iowa Libraries is excited to announce its purchase of a site license to the citation management software RefWorks. RefWorks allows you to import citations from research databases like Business Source Premiere, organize your citations and share them with colleagues, as well as insert your citations into papers and format them in any of hundreds of bibliographic styles.

You may have heard of or used other citation management software programs such as Endnote or ProCite. RefWorks contains the same core functionality as these programs, but it has the advantage of being web-based, so your citations can be accessed from any internet-connected computer, not just the one where the software is installed. If you are currently using one of the other citation management software programs and want to try RefWorks, your citations can easily be imported into RefWorks.

You can create as many RefWorks accounts as you need. For instance, create a personal account as well as one for your department or team. RefWorks makes it easy to share your citations with colleagues at the University of Iowa and beyond.

The RefWorks link and more information about RefWorks can be found at

To schedule a RefWorks consultation or workshop, please contact me at 353-0151 or

New! “Making of Modern Law” Resources

The Law Library has just licensed two new products available to University of Iowa students and staff:

The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926
The Treatises are derived from two essential reference collections for historical studies and from more recent legal works: the Nineteenth-Century Legal Treatises and Twentieth-Century Legal Treatises microfilm collections. Legal Treatises comprise over 21,000 works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on British Commonwealth and American law, with 14,900 titles from the nineteenth century and 7,100 titles from the years 1900-1926. This resource covers nearly every aspect of law, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, some of which is very rare. The monographs and materials in Legal Treatises include casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches.

The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
This collection features a fully searchable database of roughly 11 million pages, with more than 350,000 separate documents. Approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases are included. The majority consist of those for which the Court did not give a full opinion. Materials are derived from the holdings of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library, America’s first law library (1832-1915), as well as the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1915-1978).

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition

Basic information for hundreds of jobs is made available in the Handbook, including such details as the training and education required for each position, along with expected earnings, future job prospects, and information on working conditions. Additionally, users can look at sections that provide suggestions on how to evaluate a job offer. The site also explains the methodology used to prepare the Handbook.

Fast and Free Delivery of Books and Articles

Beginning this summer, the University of Iowa Libraries is using a new electronic system for Interlibrary Loan at the Main Library and at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. This new system features a web-based interface for:

  • placing requests
  • updating your contact information
  • checking the status of your requests
  • asking for renewals
  • retrieving journal articles posted electronically
  • contacting library staff
  • creating a history of all your interlibrary loan requests

You will find it easier to submit your interlibrary loan requests. With this new system, you will enter your name and contact information only once, at the time of the first request. For subsequent requests, that information will be automatically included.

Library users at other branch libraries (Art, Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Physics and Psychology) can either request materials through the Main Library system or contact the library staff at the branch.

If you need an article or a book that the UI Libraries doesn’t have, we encourage you to try our interlibrary loan system. For more information, please contact Amy Paulus in the Main Library ( or 319-335-5916) or Linda Lococo in the Hardin Library ( or 319-335-9874).

More Features on Library Computers!

The Library computers now operate like those in the ITC’s (Computer Lab.’s). With a Hawk ID, users can access the many programs available in the ITC’s: Photoshop, Microsoft Word, etc. Printing is simple and operates from the student’s/staff’s account. In addition, for document storage, SAFE File is available.

Homeland Security Digital Library

This Library offers electronic documents made available by the Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School, searchable by keyword or by topic. Included are general U.S. policy documents, national strategy documents, theses and research papers from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Naval Postgraduate School, and homeland security executive orders. Readers can also find notices of events and conferences pertaining to homeland security, as well as news items drawn from various sources.