Staying Current Workshop

How do you keep up with the news and research in your field? Would you like to learn how to use technology to find new information for you? Join us for a Staying Current workshop and learn how to use RSS feeds and other alert options to keep up with blog posts, news and scholarly articles.


Wed April 16, 12:30-1:20

Sciences Library Classroom (102SL)

Sara Sheib

Workshop: Managing Privacy Online

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube… The options for sharing your life online seem to be endless. But in this age of social media, maintaining privacy is increasingly challenging. Join Kelly McElroy, Undergraduate Services Librarian, and Sara Scheib, Sciences Research & Instruction Librarian for a discussion of privacy in the social media age. Share your strategies for managing privacy online and learn from others in this informal and open workshop.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library
Managing Privacy Online
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, April 24
102 SL (Sciences Library Classroom)

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.

Planck Spacecraft Map

“Europe’s Planck spacecraft has obtained the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe. The map results suggest the universe is expanding more slowly than scientists thought, and is 13.8 billion years old, 100 million years older than previous estimates. The data also show there is less dark energy and more matter in the universe than previously known.”

From Science@NASA Headline News

Workshop: Evaluating and Citing Sources

Are you overwhelmed with sources and citations for your research project? Please join Sciences Research and Instruction Librarian, Sara Scheib, to learn how to evaluate the credibility of sources and manage your citations using web-based tools.

Lunch @ the Sciences Library: Evaluating and Citing Sources
12:30-1:20 pm, Wednesday, November 28th
102 SL (Sciences Library classroom)

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to evaluate the credibility of websites, articles and other sources
  • How to use citation management tools like RefWorks and EndNote to organize and share your sources, plus format citations and bibliographies
  • How to export citations from major research databases like Web of Science and Scopus to citation management tools

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

Workshop: Citation Management Tools

Due to popular demand, the Sciences Library will be offering three workshops on Citation Management Tools, next week in W238 CB. Sessions will be held on:

  • Monday (10/15) at 5-6 PM
  • Tuesday (10/16) at 5-6 PM
  • Friday (10/19) at 8-9 AM

RefWorks will be the main focus of these sessions, since all UI students, faculty and staff are eligible for a free account, but questions regarding other tools such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc. will be addressed. At this workshop you will learn:

  • How to set up a free RefWorks account;
  • How to export citations from databases into RefWorks and other tools;
  • How to use RefWorks to organize and share citations;
  • How to use RefWorks to format footnotes and bibliographies in Microsoft Word using multiple formatting styles.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you are welcome to stop by E258 CB during the Librarian Office Hours (Tuesdays 11 AM – 1 PM; Wednesdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; and Thursdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM) for individual or small group instruction on this topic and others. You can also meet with Sara Scheib one-on-one, or stop by the Sciences Library, at your convenience.

Please contact Sara Scheib if you have any questions. Announces Spanish Version, Multimedia, and Enhanced Search Features

Washington D.C – Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced today the launch of the Spanish version of, provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

“Congratulations to all the federal science agencies involved in for making the best government science data accessible to the millions of Spanish-speaking Americans across our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  “I encourage students, teachers, researchers, engineers and members of the public to take advantage of the new Spanish version of this valuable federal science portal.  The web site will help increase the vital role of U.S. scientific information in education, innovation and discovery, and will help encourage Latino communities to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

The Alliance will highlight these and other achievements in its 10th Anniversary celebration in December.

“The Alliance has worked hard to make this a significant interface update and the new navigation will help the public find the science information they need,” said Tina Gheen of the Library of Congress, and Alliance chair. Annie Simpson of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Alliance co-chair, said, “This federal interagency information portal, now 10 years strong, continues to improve public access to federal science information products.”

The interagency Alliance – which governs – includes the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget.

The web site is hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within the Office of Science., your gateway to U.S. federal science, is supported by CENDI (, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.