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Residents | Services for you

Hardin Library provides a variety of services to help you succeed!  picture of doctor's white coat

Your department has a specialist librarian
Every department is assigned a liaison librarian, who can help you with all of your questions about the library and its resources.

Evidence-based medicine resources
Hardin subscribes to DynaMed, the Cochrane Library, JAMAevidence, BMJ Best Practice, and more.

Board review materials
Board Vitals provides question banks, with feedback, for most specialty boards.

Assistance with literature searches and systematic reviews
The UI Libraries subscribe to hundreds of online databases, focused on a variety of disciplines and implementations, from point-of-care to basic science research. Your liaison can help you choose the right databases, the right headings, and the right strategy.
Health Sciences databases
All databases

Easy access to electronic journals and an app to help you read them on mobile devices
A-Z list of electronic journals – we may have other issues in print as well!
Browzine app for iOS, Android and Kindle lets you make a customized newsstand of journals to browse, read, and monitor.

Help with your systematic review or meta-analysis
The Institute of Medicine recommends working with a librarian or other information specialist to plan out your search strategy and to peer-review the final strategy used.

Work off-campus
All of our library resources are available off-campus but require authentication with your Iowa HawkID and password.  Start at Hardin’s website.

Specialized guides to resources
Find quick help for your specialty, department, with publishing or other topics.

Free interlibrary loan and document delivery
If you need an article or book that the UI Libraries doesn’t have, we can get it for you, for free. And if you need an article that we only have in print, we will scan it for you.  No limits on the number of requests!

EndNote Desktop and other citation management software
EndNote is freely available for residents, and your liaison can work with you to tame your references.

Mobile resources
Hardin subscriptions provide access to many mobile apps at no charge to you including UpToDate, DynaMed Plus, ClinicalKey, BMJ Best Practice and more.

Hardin Open Workshops
Hardin librarians offer monthly workshops on topics like PubMed, EndNote, and avoiding predatory publishers. We can also bring any of our sessions to you individually or to your group.

Quick help when you need it
Whenever the library is open, we have trained reference staff available to answer questions by phone 319-335-9151, email lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or chat.

138 Health Science databases 
Web of Science, Micromedex, and more!

Individual and group study/work space
Hardin has individual and small group studies, as well as study carrels and tables. The 24-hour study is available to any UI-affiliated user who registers to use it.

Books and DVDs for entertainment or families
As the 23rd largest research library in the US/Canada, the UI Libraries system has 40,000+ DVDs and millions of books in many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic as well as a large collection of children’s books.  Search the catalog to find them.  Materials can be sent to Hardin Library for pickup.

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4th of July Holiday Information | Library closed Tuesday, July 4 for holiday

The Hardin Library will be closed on July 4 for the national holiday.  The 24 hour study will be available for those with access.  The library will close at 6pm on Monday, July 3 but be open regular summer hours the rest of the week.

The Iowa City Jazz Festival  (free) begins Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday, July 2.  Downtown streets and bus routes will be affected by the Jazz Festival.

Iowa City will display fireworks on Sunday, July 2  near the Old Capital Building downtown.

Coralville celebrates 4thFest, with most activities and a fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4.

View some biological fireworks from the NIH.

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Phishing Scams Emails Look Like They are From Library | Don’t Get Caught!

The UI Libraries will never ask a user to verify HawkID and password via email.  If you received an email from the libraries that asked you to log in and verify your account, this is a scam.  Do not click!

If you received an email, clicked the link and logged in, your HawkID account could be compromised.  Please contact your department IT staff or call ITS at 319-384-4257 or email its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu as soon as possible.

This is a copy of a scam phishing email that was sent to health science users:

On May 29, 2017, at 16:47, Library Services <library@lib.uiowa.edu> wrote:


Dear Library Member,

Your access to your library account is expiring soon due to inactivity. To continue to have access to the library services, you must reactivate your account.
For this purpose, click the web address below! or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to your library profile.

https://login.proxy.lib.uiowa.edu/login (source URL changed so it just goes to our true login page and not hackers)

If you are not able to login, please contact Sarah Miller at sarah-miller@uiowa.edu for immediate assistance.


Sarah Miller
The University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library (LIB)
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
T: (319)335-5299

explanation of phishing

—–longer explanation—–
In the last several weeks, the UI campus has been a target of many phishing scams that try to steal a user’s HawkID password. A number of those phishing scams have been emails that are made to appear as though they are coming from the library and inform users that their library account is expiring due to inactivity. The scam then goes on to tell the user that they need to successfully login in order to reactivate their account.

If a user clicks on the link they are directed to a page that looks like our proxy login page but is not. Then once the user signs on, their HawkID and password are compromised and they are then just directed to our proxy page as if the login just didn’t work.

With the compromised password, hackers then have access to library resources via the proxy server. From there, they have been systematically downloading journal articles from various vendors. If not caught right away, some vendors have cut off access to their resources from our proxy server until we can identify the compromised account and address it. Because of this the UI Libraries has become more proactive at trying to identify compromised accounts before proxy access is denied by the vendors. We are encountering compromised HawkIDs that are using the proxy server almost on a daily basis. So, as a reminder, the UI Libraries will never ask for a user to verify their HawkID and password via an email.







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Hardin Adds Gender Neutral/Single-User Restroom

A single-user, gender-neutral restroom is now available on the 3rd floor of Hardin Library.  It also includes a baby changing station.  The new restroom is just around the corner from the elevator, in Room 309. Previously, this had been a staff-only restroom, so the transition to a public restroom required only changing the locks, adding signage, and installing the changing table.

A listing of all single-user, gender-neutral restrooms on campus can be found at https://maps.uiowa.edu/amenity/single-user-gender-inclusive-restrooms.

Water Main Replacement Project this summer | Water off Thursday, June 29, 10am-12pm

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Water main replacement project, June 16

The water main to Hardin Library will be replaced, beginning June 5.  Construction is predicted to last 3 weeks.

Water will be off in the building twice.
Water will be off  Thursday, June 29 from approximately 10am-12pm.   Restrooms not available during water shut off.
Water will be shut off again later, but the date and time have not been determined.


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