The University Libraries* is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. The Award will recognize and reward a Libraries’ professional staff member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or leadership in furthering the mission of the Libraries in providing service to the University community.
The $1,500 award, made possible by a generous endowment from Dr. Arthur Benton, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neurology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will support the recipient’s professional development activities, research projects, or publications.
All University Libraries’ professional staff with a minimum of five years of service to the Libraries and with an appointment of 75% FTE or more are eligible.
Click here for the Benton Nomination Form. The nomination form, nomination letter and two additional support letters are due by 5 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
For more information, contact Kelly Taylor, Libraries’ Administration Office, 335-6093.
Jennifer Deberg of Hardin Library is a previous winner.
*The University Libraries includes the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the Art, Business, Engineering, Music, and Science libraries. The Law Library and other campus departmental library staff are not eligible.
Assistance with literature searches
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.
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!
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. Contact us!
If you are off-campus, you will be prompted for your Hawk ID and password.
Basic Searching Using the Quick Search Box
Identify the main concepts in your research question, so you can search for each concept separately. For example, a search about the effects of aspirin on heart attacks has two concepts — “aspirin” and “heart attack.”
Type your first concept in the Quick Search box on the homepage. Be sure to type slowly enough to let the database map your concept to the best Emtree term. See the screenshot on the right. Emtree terms are Embase’s controlled vocabulary, which are used by human indexers when they assign subject terms to articles. The mapping feature offered by the Quick Search box helps you get the most inclusive results.
When you see the mapped term that best matches your concept, stop typing and click on the mapped term.
Click on the Show xxxx results button and you will be taken to the Results page.
To continue searching for additional concepts, click the Embase logo at the top left of the Results page to return to the Quick Search box. Important: the Search box on the top of the Results page and the Quick Search box may look alike, but they are not the same.
Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 for additional concepts.
On the top of Results page, you can find your search History. Notice how Embase has searched your terms. For each term, it searches the concept as an Emtree term (i.e. ‘heart infarction’/exp) and as a text word from the titles and abstracts of articles. The “/exp” indicates that it’s an “explosion” in Emtree, meaning this search not only looks for the subject term you selected (i.e. heart infarction) but also many related subjects (i.e. acute heart infarction, heart ventricle infarction, etc).
Finally, combine your searches by checking the boxes to the left of each search and then clicking the Combine button. Be sure to select AND or OR, depending on your search.
Refining Your Search
On the Results page, there are several options in the gray bars beneath the search box. For example, if you click on Quick limits you will have the options to limit your search to Human subjects and English language.
There are also several options in the left side-bar of the Results page. For example, you can see how many citations there are in the most recent search in various subsets, e.g. age, gender, drugs used, and other diseases.
Exporting, Printing, and Saving References
Check the boxes to the left of references of interest.
Click on the “Print”, “Export”” or “Email” link located at both the top and the bottom of the search results and follow the prompts.
For EndNote Desktop, make sure the export format is RIS format (Reference Manager, ProCite, EndNote). For EndNote Web (Basic), make sure the export format is plain text and output is full record. When in EndNote Web (Basic), make sure the import option is EMBASE.com.
Finding Full Text
To see if full text is available, use the UILink button , located below the article title, authors, and journal title. Do not use the full text link right before the UILink button.
More than 5,500 new records are added to Embase every working day, corresponding to over 1.4 million records each year. Of these, about 83% are indexed by Embase and 17% are additional MEDLINE records licensed from the National Library of Medicine.
The library also subscribes to Scopus, but results will differ. Scopus includes most, but not all, Embase content, as well as the Embase index terms. Scopus searches focus on abstracts and citations, while a search in Embase provides additional insights as a result the structured full-text indexing of content.
Embase subheadings are not available on Scopus, so searches cannot be focused in the same way. For example, it is not possible to limit drug searches to records focusing on adverse effects.
The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to book talks and signings by Charles Driscoll, MD, author of Ring the Fire Bell: The Incredible Story of an Iowa Civil War Medical Center.
Thursday, September 27, 5:30-6:30pm talk, 6:30 book signing
2117 Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)
Friday, September 28, 12:00-1pm, 1pm book signing Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Conference Room, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics C-44-A GH (Elevator B to 4th Floor)
During the Civil War, Iowa provided more soldiers per capita than any other Union state and most embarked from Keokuk, Iowa, via steamboat on the Mississippi River. Many returned the same route in a broken condition.
While bullets flew in the East, the war was no less intense in the West. There was a desperate need for a medical system capable of treating sick and injured soldiers. Enter the citizens of Keokuk, the doctors of Military General Hospital #1 of the Department of the Northwest, and the University of Iowa Medical School located in Keokuk at that time. These were heroes and heroines that fulfilled the need for expert and compassionate care.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.
ALEXANDER GORDON (1752-1799). A treatise on the epidemic puerperal fever of Aberdeen. First Edition London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson., 1795.
In 1780, at the age of 28, with testimonial letters from the Corporation of Surgeons of London, Gordon entered the Royal Navy as a surgeon’s mate and advanced to the rank of surgeon. In 1785 Gordon returned to Aberdeen, gained an MD from Marischal College and entered general practice. He was appointed physician to the Aberdeen Dispensary.
During the next nine years there were 12,925 admissions for treatment at this institution. Gordon’s main interest was midwifery and obstetrics and, he regularly gave lectures on this subject to the University students. This treatise shows Gordon’s insights into the contagious nature of puerperal fever, its epidemiology, pathology and the means of prevention. Gordon was the first to advance as a definite hypothesis the contagious nature of puerperal fever, thus preceding Holmes and Semmelweis by half a century. He also advocated the disinfection of the clothes of the doctor and midwife.
Gordon’s work was written in 18th century Scots language and his discovery of hand hygiene in preventing childbed fever between mothers was only recently discovered.
You may return any University of Iowa library books in campus mail if it is more convenient for you.
Please return these in person only:
interlibrary loan materials
books you were billed for
Print off and fill out Hardin Library book return form for each book you want to return and place in a campus envelope. You may return books which belong to any University of Iowa Library including Main, Sciences, Engineering, Business, Art, Music, and Law.
Two student employees of Hardin Library won academic scholarships this year.
Jacob (Jake) Edwards is pursuing a major in English with a political science minor. Jake won the Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz Libraries Student Employee
Scholarship. “Working with books has always been something I wanted to do. I have enjoyed learning how to find books via the library website, as well as learning how everything is categorized.”
“I want to be a teacher, and I think these skills will help me to help my students perform better when required to conduct research exercises.”
“This scholarship will allow me not to go into further debt while trying to obtain my degree. I am so grateful that I will be able to focus on my work at Scattergood Friends School.”
“I am looking forward to going to graduate school here at the University, as well as obtaining a teaching position at one of the local high schools. I specialize in Victorian fiction and want to be able to bring these novels into the classroom and to the lives of my students.”
Mikaela Johnson is pursuing pre-medicine with a major in human physiology. Mikaela won the UI Libraries Student Employee Scholarship.
“The exposure to public services through working at the library has made me feel more confident being a voice and a leader in my classes here at the university. I have led many discussions as well as given presentations to large groups of people that I didn’t feel as comfortable with before.”
“Growing my communication and public service skills at the library is also improving my patient interaction as a volunteer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. These skills I have acquired as an employee are a strength that I can continue to work on and can take with me to my future career as a doctor and caregiver.”
“The staff I am surrounded with everyday is dedicated to helping me achieve my goals. The scholarship allows me to focus on my studies. I look forward to pursuing my dreams of medical school and being able to become a force for good and helping others in any way that I can.”
NCBI has improved its search functionality in the “all databases” search to be compatible with natural language searching. In the past, natural language searching for sequence data brought up too many results or sometimes zero results. Now you can search NCBI more intuitively than before and receive good results for genes, nucleotides, and assemblies! How do you get started with NCBI’s new natural language searching?
Go to the homepage of NCBI. The default search shows “All Databases” in the drop-down box. Here you can try out some of the improved search queries: