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Engineering Library Xpress Classes


The Engineering Library is offering 15 minutes classes (unless noted) every Wednesday at 3:30 pm.  They will take place in the Library Computer Classroom (2001C SC) and are open to everyone.

The schedule:

September 3rd  – Web of Science:  Multidisciplinary citation database  (30 minutes)

Introduction to Web of Science. A multidisciplinary database covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings.  You’ll find current and retrospective coverage to 1898  in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities.  Taught by Sara Scheib (Science Education and Outreach Library, Science Library)

September 10th – Endnote Basic (30 minutes)  

Introduction to an online citation management system that is free for everyone at the University of Iowa.   It helps you to manage all your references for a paper (or many papers) as well as create the incite citations and bibliographies in a wide variety of formatting styles.  Taught by Steve Ostrem (Main Library)

The web version of Endnote Basic will be taught not the full client version!

September 17th – Scifinder:  One Stop Shop for Chemistry Information (30 minutes)

Overview of Scifinder.  SciFinder gives you instant access to the world’s largest curated collection of information on chemistry and related research produced by Chemical Abstract Service – a division of the American Chemical Society. Taught by Sara Schieb (Sciences Education and Outreach Librarian, Sciences Library)

September 24th – Company Information (30 minutes) 

Want to know more about the companies you will be talking to at the Career Fair on the 25th? This class will teach you how to use several different databases to learn how to find company information and data.  Taught by Kim Bloedel (Head, Pomerantz Business Library) 

October 1st – Learn Patent Searching (15 minutes)

Basic introduction to what is a patent and how to complete patents searches.  Patents provide inventor exclusive rights to products they produce and also give great detailed information on certain products and methods.  Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library)

October 8th  – Inside PubMed (15 minutes) 

Introduction to PubMed.  This database contains over 19 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.  Taught by Liz Kiscaden (Head of Hardin Library Services, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences)

October 15th – Protein Database:  3-D Protein structures (15 minutes)

The Protein database is a collection of sequences from several sources, including translations from annotated coding regions in GenBank, RefSeq and TPA, as well as records from SwissProt, PIR, PRF, and PDB. Protein sequences are the fundamental determinants of biological structure and function.
Taught by Chris Childs (Health Sciences Education and Outreach Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences)

 October 22nd - Compendex:  Everything Engineering (15 minutes)

Overview of Compendex.  The most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering research available, covering all engineering disciplines. It includes millions of bibliographic citations and abstracts from thousands of engineering journals and conference proceedings. When combined with the Engineering Index Backfile (1884-1969), Compendex covers well over 120 years of core engineering literature. Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library)

October 29thStandards: Guides and Regulations for Building and Evaluating Resources (15 minutes)

Introduction to standards and specifications.  Learn how to access a wide variety of standards including ASTM, ISO, ADA, NFPA (Fluid), and the US Code of Federal Regulations.  Featuring a new database, TechStreet, to gain electronic access to these standards and more.   Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library)

November 5th – IEEE Xplore (15 minutes)

Introduction to IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery and access to scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. IEEE Xplore comprises over 160 journals, over 1,200 conference proceedings, more than 3,800 technical standards, over 1,000 eBooks and over 300 educational courses. Approximately 25,000 new documents are added to IEEE Xplore each month.  Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library)

November 12th – Open Access (30 minutes)

Taught by Karen Fischer (Main Library)

November 19th – Keeping up with Your Research: Alerts and Notifications (15 minutes)

Learn to set up alerts and notifications on some of your favorite databases and library resources so that you can keep up to date on the latest information in your area of research.  Taught by Kari Kozak (Head, Lichtenberger Engineering Library).