Now available: IOP ebooks

The UI Libraries now has access to two new e-book collections from IOP. The Expanding Physics collection includes in-depth texts from the leading voices in physics research and related subject areas aimed at the recent graduate/researcher level. The Concise Physics collection includes shorter texts in rapidly advancing areas and introductory texts aimed at the undergraduate/researcher level.

Both collections are accessible instantly for multiple simultaneous users at:

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about IOP ebooks, please contact Sara Scheib, Sciences Reference & Instruction Librarian.

New CRC Handbook

The 95th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is now available in print and online.

The new edition is expanded with 22 new tables, including:

  • Common Symbols Used in Gas and Liquid Chromatographic Schematic Diagrams
  • Abbreviations Used in the Assessment and Presentation of Laboratory Hazards
  • Incompatible Chemicals
  • Explosion (Shock) Hazards
  • Water-Reactive Chemicals
  • Testing Requirements for Peroxidizable Compounds
  • Tests for the Presence of Peroxides
  • Pyrophoric Compounds – Compounds That Are Reactive with Air
  • Flammability Hazards of Common Solvents
  • Selection of Protective Laboratory Garments
  • Laser Hazards in the Laboratory

Revised tables include:

  • Update of Bond Dissociation Engines
  • Major Update of Electron Stopping Powers
  • Major Update of Interstellar Molecules
  • Update of Atmospheric Concentration of Carbon Dioxide, 1958-2013
  • Update of Global Temperature Trend, 1880-2013
  • Update of Sources of Physical and Chemical Data

In addition, for those interested in the history of chemistry and physics, beginning with the 94th edition and in each succeeding edition, highlights of the achievements of renowned chemists and physicists will be included.

The 95th edition features: Galileo Galilei, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Sklodowska Curie, and Linus Carl Pauling, who follow last year’s group: Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, Antoine Lavoisier and Dmitri Mendeleev.

RefWorks to EndNote Transition Workshops

As you may have already heard, the University has acquired a campus-wide license for EndNote and the UI Libraries will end its subscription to RefWorks on December 31, 2014 (more info). Any free RefWorks accounts you have created will not be available after that date, but you can transfer your references to another service quickly and easily. In order to help our RefWorks users make this transition, we are offering several RefWorks to EndNote Transition workshops this summer:

  • Friday, June 13, 10-11:00 am
  • Monday, June 23, 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2-3 pm
  • Wednesday, July 23, 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, August 7, 4-5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2:30-3:30 pm

In each workshop you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for a free EndNote Basic account;
  • Transfer your references from RefWorks to EndNote Basic;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote Basic;
  • Use EndNote Basic to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote Basic to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

All workshops are free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. Workshops will be held in the Sciences Library classroom (102 SL). There is no need to register. If you would like assistance with transitioning from RefWorks and are unable to attend one of these workshops, please contact Sara Scheib to arrange a one-on-one consultation. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib.

Finals De-Stress Activities at the Sciences Library

The Sciences Library is not only a great place to study for finals, we’ve also organized some fun activities to help you de-stress. Here’s what’s going on:

  • Refuel with free hot beverages and treats. (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th – 16th.)
  • Take a break from your studies to build your own creation! Legos, K’NEX and idea books provided. Bring your imagination! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th – 16th.)
  • Exercise your brain with card games, Phase 10 and Uno! (During Sciences Library hours, May 11th – 16th.)
  • Challenge your study buddy to a game on our Wii console! (6-10PM, May 11 – 15)

Sciences Library hours during Finals Week:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Merck Index Online

Now available from the UI Libraries: The Merck Index Online (

An authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals, the Merck Index Online offers the same highly authoritative information as the print edition in a convenient and easily searchable full text database. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition. The Merck Index Online will be updated regularly with accurate information curated by experts.

This acquisition was made possible by generous donations from Chemistry Department alumni. Thank you!

Blood Moon – April 14, 2014

Last night’s clear skies provided ideal conditions for viewing the Blood Moon. Did you miss it? Never fear! Here are some links to amazing time-lapse videos and photographs of this extraordinary event:

Workshop: Scopus

Have you tried Scopus, our new database? The UI Libraries provide free access to Scopus, an excellent multidisciplinary citation database. Join us for a Scopus Workshop and learn advanced techniques that will help you conduct your research more efficiently and effectively.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Access Scopus from off-campus;
  • Use refine options to retrieve more relevant search results;
  • Create reports to analyze your results;
  • Save citations from Scopus to RefWorks, EndNote and other citation managers;
  • Save searches and set up alerts to keep up with the literature in your field;
  • Find the full-text of citations retrieved in Scopus;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at or (319) 335-3024.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 12:30pm –  1:20pm
Location: Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)
Branch: Sciences
Presenter: Sara Scheib
Categories: Workshop