Alert Library Catalog services restored

Links to Library services in the Catalog have now been fully restored, including My Account, Scan & Deliver, BorrowDirect, UBorrow, recalls, Mansueto and Special Collections requests, and search requests.

While BorrowDirect and UBorrow are both available, users may note that UChicago Library holdings temporarily do not appear in search results. UChicago holdings should appear again in BorrowDirect and UBorrow searches within the next 24 hours.

The Library appreciates users’ patience while we worked to restore these services.

IEEE Authorship Lunch: How to Publish with IEEE

This lunch session will give an overview of how to become an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) author. A representative from IEEE will discuss tips on how to select an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference, organize a manuscript, and work through peer review; how successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted; and common mistakes and ethical lapses that will prevent your manuscript from being accepted. They will also discuss how IEEE Xplore Digital Library can help when writing technical papers, including how to stay up-to-date on the latest research using saved search alerts and set up personal project folders to organize your research. Lunch will be provided.  Registration required

Workshop: Your Copyrights: Understanding author rights in scholarly publishing, Friday April 17, 12-1PM

Location: Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and copyright issues are often at the center of it. You may be hearing some terms that are new and wonder how they affect you. Join us for a session to learn more about open access, Creative Commons, copyright transfer agreements, public deposit, and how your funding agency may have new requirements for you soon. Register here.

Workshop Series – Managing Your Research

Crerar Library is offering a workshop series on issues related to managing research such as copyright, data management, document organization and collaboration tools.  More information about each workshop and registration links are below.  All workshops are opened to faculty, students and staff.

Your Copyrights:  Understanding author rights in scholarly publishing

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 17th, 12-1pm

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and copyright issues are often at the center of it. You may be hearing some terms that are new and wonder how they affect you. Join us for a session to learn more about open access, Creative Commons, copyright transfer agreements, public deposit, and how your funding agency may have new requirements for you soon. Register

Managing Research Documents

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 27th, 12-1pm

Organizing and keeping track of research documents, whether pdfs, notes, images or other pieces of information, can be time consuming and difficult. Let us help you! This workshop will cover effective naming techniques for documents, citation and pdf management, note taking tools, alerts and feeds, and journal management apps. Register

Data Data Everywhere:  Introduction to Data Management

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 13th, 4-5pm

You are collecting it, but are you managing it? If you were asked to provide data from research done last year, would you be able to find it? What about two years ago? Join us for this session where you will learn more about the basics of data management for your research. We will discuss best practices for file naming and structure, metadata, storage and back ups, as well as provide an overview of funding agency requirements. Register

Collaboration Tools for Researchers

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 19th, 12-1pm

A wide range of tools to help you collaborate and communicate with other researchers are available these days. This workshop will cover options for sharing different kinds of work including citation and pdf sharing software, file and image sharing systems, and presentation sharing software. Register


Introduction to Zotero: workshop

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:001:00 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Zotero is a free citation manager that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

Participants are encouraged to bring their personal computers so that they may download and interact with the program.

To register, click on the link below.

Contact: John Crerar Library
More info:
Tag: Workshops, Training, Graduate Students, Staff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
Information on Assistive Listening Device

Life Cycle of Scientific Publishing Workshop – Thursday, April 30

Join us at the Crerar Library on Thursday, April 30 as experts provide insights on the scientific publication life cycle. Hear from a managing journal editor about the nuts and bolts of the publishing. Learn what editors do and what they expect from authors. Gain insight as to what to expect as an author and what it takes to be a good peer-reviewer. Finally, discover how to manage your online researcher identity and methods to promote your work.

This workshop is designed for graduate students, post-docs, advanced undergraduates, and others interested in the inner workings of the publication process.

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Zar Room, 1st Floor, Crerar Library
Fee: $20.00 (waived for current UChicago students, postdocs, and housestaff)
Schedule and Registration:

This workshop is held in conjunction with the 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication,” held on Friday, May 1 at the Crerar Library.

Conducting a Systematic Review?

Librarians are available to assist with your systematic review searches. Contact to setup an appointment. The initial meeting is dedicated to discussing your timeline, your research question, and the librarian’s role.  Below are a few of the services we can provide:


  • Help formulate the research question
  • Advise on database selection
  • Train on use of database platforms
  • Train on use of citation management tools
  • Train on obtaining full-text of published papers


  • Identify keywords and controlled vocabulary terms
  • Develop formal, comprehensive search strategies
  • Translate strategies for each database
  • Conduct searches in multiple databases
  • Export results to citation management tool, including de-duplication
  • Document and save search strategies

Protocol Development and Methodology

  • Write methods section on search strategy and its execution
  • Assist with Protocol development
    • Discuss inclusion/exclusion criteria
    • Assist with finding inclusion/exclusion forms and other resources on developing  protocols
  • Advise on reporting standards: PRISMA Guidelines, Checklist, & Flow Chart

Adventures in Analysis of Large Biomedical Datasets, Apr. 16 at 3PM

rcc-graphicThursday, April 16, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Andrey Rzhetsky, Professor in the Department of Genetic Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology & Computation Institute. His research is focused on computational analysis of complex human phenotypes in context of changes and perturbations of underlying molecular networks.

Focusing on autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, this talk will touch the following questions:  How can understanding of genetics and epidemiology of disease be advanced through modeling and computational analysis of very large and heterogeneous datasets?  What are the bottlenecks in analysis of complex human maladies?  How can we model and compute over multiple data types to narrow hypotheses about genetic causes of disease?  How can collaborations across multiple fields of science bring translational results to initially purely academic studies?

Contact: Research Computing Center 773-795-2667

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. 

Current: Exhibits The Studio in the Field: Techniques of Early Wildlife Photography

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W.E. Carlin, A Young Buck. From L.H Bailey, ed., Nature Portraits: Studies with Pen and Camera of Our Wild Birds, Animals, Fish and Insects, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1902

Exhibit Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium

Exhibit Dates: April 6 – September 15, 2015

During the 1890s, technical advances made it practical to photograph birds and other animals in their natural environments for the first time. But faced with the unpredictable realities of photographing in the field, early practitioners struggled to make worthwhile images from the standpoints of art or natural history. The Studio in the Field traces the development of wildlife photography as a popular cultural pursuit, focusing on the innovative techniques and strategies devised to craft pictures that would appear convincingly natural to nineteenth-century audiences.

Crerar exhibits website.

Endnote Workshop Tuesday, April 7, 12–1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the desktop version of the bibliographic software EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

Citation management training by request

Are you interested in learning how to organize and cite your sources by using citation managers such as EndNote or Zotero? The Library provides citation management workshops for groups (3 or more people) by request during spring and summer quarters.

Training programs are available to members of the University of Chicago community. Workshops can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other times may be available by arrangement. Is your group working outside of Chicago? Citation management webinars can be requested for researchers off-campus.

Individuals needing help with citation managers are welcome to visit the reference desks at our campus libraries or Ask a Librarian.

Request a Workshop

Reserve group studies with improved Book a Room system

University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff looking to book a group study can now do so with an improved version of the Library’s Book a Room system.

The new version of Book a Room, launched March 26, has a streamlined design and new features that make finding and reserving a room faster, easier, and more secure:

  • Users can now book rooms using their CNet ID and password, eliminating the need to confirm booking requests via a separate email.
  • Users can now filter rooms based on the number of people in their group.
  • An improved mobile interface lets users view the same room grid on mobile devices as on laptop and desktop computers.

For more information, visit How to Book a Room. Or contact us with comments and questions.

Research Services at Crerar

_DSC8687The Library supports your research, teaching and learning in a variety of ways, through support and services.  Please contact us!

Research Consultations

Subject-specialists provide in person consultations to both individuals and/or groups of any size.  Topics covered in a consultation can range from discussing information resources on a particular research topic to in depth searching of a database(s) to find information. A consultation is as an opportunity to discuss what the library can do to assist with research projects. We will come to your office or work space.

Instruction and Orientation

The librarians at the John Crerar and Eckhart Library provide instruction and orientation sessions to faculty, students and staff of the University of Chicago.  Instruction and orientation sessions are customized based on the research, teaching and learning goals of the audience.  Sessions can be hands-on in our computer lab, lecture style, a walking tour of the library or a combination of all three.  Course specific sessions are welcome.  A subject specialist will work closely with the instructor to develop a session to ensure it meets their objectives.

Literature review support

Librarians are available to assist faculty, students and staff with developing their literature search strategy, selecting databases and resources, and helping to find relevant material.

Reference Services

The Library provides reference support, assisting faculty students and staff with identifying and using electronic and print resources, locating specific material in our collection and elsewhere, and accessing electronic resources.  We provide these services via email, IM Chat, by phone and in person at the Reference Desk.  For in depth questions, librarians are available for consultations.

Citation Management Support

Librarians teach EndNote and EndNote Online in workshops and meet with individuals for one-to-one consultations.  Additionally, we provide support for Zotero.

Scan and Deliver

Scan & Deliver enables you to obtain scans of book chapters and journal articles in the general collections of the University of Chicago Library for your research.

UBorrow/Borrow Direct

“BorrowDirect enables you to search for and request books directly from the 10 major research libraries of the Ivy League universities, MIT, and the Center for Research Libraries, with combined collections of more than 50 million volumes.”

 “UBorrow enables you to search for and request books directly from 13 major research libraries, with combined collections of more than 90 million volumes.

Book a Room

Book A Room allows groups of 2 or more eligible users to reserve a group study in Crerar or Regenstein.”

Database Spotlight: Web of Science

Web of Science is database that searches and offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal articles. Its coverage includes all areas of science and technology, social science and arts and humanities. Because of this, it is a great place to begin research on interdisciplinary topics in the sciences.

Special features of Web of Science include:

 Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching allows you to find articles that have cited a previously published work. It is a great way to find related articles on your research topic and trace how the topic has been expanded on and improved over time.

Cited references are sorted alphabetically by cited author. References containing the same cited author are sorted alphabetically by cited work. References with the same cited author and cited work are sorted in reverse chronological order by cited year.

Web of Science also offers a tutorial: “What is Cited Reference Searching”. 

cited reference searching

Cited reference searching interface

 Analyzing Large Result Sets

 Web of Science also allows users to analyze large result sets (up to 500 results) by categories such as author, research area, source title and publication year. This feature offers a great way to see which journals publish on a topic, who has worked with other authors and which agencies fund work in a particular area. analyze results

Analyze results button

 analyze results

Results when analyzed by author


National Science Foundation Policy Plan for Public Access to NSF Funded Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently developed a plan, “Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries,” to increase public access to scientific publications and data from research they fund. This plan was written to be consistent with objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.

Requirements in the plan include “that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.”

 More information about this new plan is available on the NSF website.

Browzine – New Updates

browzine imageSince the University of Chicago began providing access to BrowZine in 2013, the innovative service has grown exponentially and is now supported across all iOS mobile devices. The app developer, Third Iron Advanced Technologies for Libraries, has worked tirelessly to broaden access and support to BrowZine. Significant updates from 2014 and 2015 include:

  • BrowZine can be easily downloaded in the App store.
  • Users may save up to 500 articles.
  • In-app support
  • New content and journals

More updates are on the way, including:

  • ILL integration
  • New bibliographic management support
  • BrowZine for the web

What is BrowZine?
BrowZine, an innovative app developed by Third Iron Advanced Library technologies, culls articles from databases, compiles them into complete journals, and arranges these journals by subject on a familiar, easy-to-use bookshelf. BrowZine is optimized for tablets but is available across all iOS devices. This multi-device functionality, combined with BrowZine’s intuitive interface, makes it a convenient and useful tool for those who wish to mobilize their research.

A personalized bookshelf makes it easy for BrowZine users to save their favorite journals and follow updates from these publications. Additionally, saving, sharing, and exporting articles is easy in BrowZine—BrowZine allows users to read saved articles offline, to seamlessly export articles to citation managers like Mendeley and Zotero, and to share articles via email or social media.

  • BrowZine is a fantastic way to read scholarly publications and optimize your time while on the go. If you have any questions about BrowZine or would like a guided a tour, please contact
  • This service will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on. Third Iron welcomes you to follow their progress on Facebook ( or Twitter ( and reminds you to watch for notifications on your device that an update to BrowZine is available.

American Institute of Physics (AIP) and American Physical Society (APS) journals temporarily blocked – workaround below

alert_3AIP and APS journals including Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review A–E are temporarily blocking and may be inaccessible.  If you are on campus, you can access these journals by erasing the string in the URL of the journal.  Off campus they are available using the VPN:  We are working to resolve this issue.

Unearthed from the archives

Yesterday, the Geological Society of London revealed that it had recently unearthed rare and important historical artifact: a first edition copy of a geological map first published in 1815. The map, a work of art in its own right, depicts the geology of England, Wales, and portions of Scotland and was created by the influential geologist William Smith.

Smith, often referred to as the “Father of English Geology,” traveled roughly 10,000 miles per year for 15 years to conduct research for his geological map. These years of travel and extensive study of fossils likely led him to one of his most scientific contributions: the principle of faunal succession. In essence, Smith realized that because fossils are layered in the earth one after another in a predictable, linear fashion, different rocks containing similar fossils are similar in age. Based on this principle, geologists have constructed a timetable with which to measure the relative age of rocks.


Foxfire and fungi: Solving a 2,300 year-old mystery

A 2,300 year-old mystery
An article published Thursday in Current Biology is rekindling interest in a well-known phenomenon— foxfire, or a glowing light emitted by decaying wood and certain species of fungi. The mysterious forest glow, sometimes referred to as “fairy fire,” was first observed thousands of years ago¹, when Aristotle described a “cold fire” light emanating from the woods. Later, in the first century, Roman thinker Pliny the Elder, described luminescent mushrooms on white wood in olive groves¹. In the following centuries, scholars remarked upon the luminescent properties of mushrooms and the cultural uses of these fungi—in the 1500’s, a Swedish scholar noted that Scandinavians used luminescent fungi for light during dark, winter nights, and in the 1600’s, a Dutch physician noted that Indonesian cultures used them as improvised torches². As recently as the 20th century, Micronesian cultures incorporated luminescent fungi into ritual dress and face paint².


RCC workshops: Three workshops on parallel programming from Intel

The Research Computing Center will be hosting three workshops on parallel programming from Intel during the month of May. All workshops will be held in the Kathleen A. Zar Room in the John Crerar Library. More information on the workshop topics, as well as registration links, are available in the workshop descriptions below:

Intel Software for High-Performance Parallel Applications
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

In this workshop, you will be introduced to Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition, a multi-component software toolkit to create parallel applications, with a focus on trace collection and analysis. You will also be introduced to Intel compilers, along with Intel’s performance and threading analysis tools, such as Intel VTune Amplifier, Intel Inspector, and Intel Advisor. Finally, you will be introduced to the Intel Math Kernel Library, a math library specially designed for high performance on Intel processors.

Register for this workshop here.


Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors: CDT 101
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library 

This one-day training provides software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.

 The session will cover:

  • Intel Xeon Phi architecture: purpose, organization, pre-requisites for good performance, future technology
  • Programming models: native, offload, heterogeneous clustering
  • Parallel frameworks: automatic vectorization, OpenMP, MPI
  • Optimization methods: general,  scalar math, vectorization, multithreading, memory access, communication and special topics

Register for this workshop here.


Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors: CDT 102
Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

This one-day training provides software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. It builds on information attendees will have learned in the previous day’s workshop, CDT 101.

The session will cover:

  • Intel Xeon Phi architecture: purpose, organization, pre-requisites for good performance, future technology
  • Programming models: native, offload, heterogeneous clustering 
  • Parallel frameworks: automatic vectorization, OpenMP, MPI
  • Optimization methods: general, scalar math, vectorization, multithreading, memory access, communication and special topics

Please note: You must complete CDT 101 before taking CDT 102.

Registration open: Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication”

The 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication, will be held on May 1, 2015, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library.

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution. In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more. The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage. Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. 

Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem. The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it. 

Registration and full schedule at:

Zar Symposium 2015

The symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago and made possible through the support of the Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund.

Alert Winter quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to June 26

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due April 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for spring quarter. As of March 23, all such items will have a new due date of June 26, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary.

The automatic renewal is being performed because the functionality to manually renew items is currently unavailable in the Catalog. The Library is working to restore this functionality as soon as possible.

Users may view a list of all items out, including current due dates, via My Account.

For assistance, please contact Circulation or visit a Library circulation desk.

Eckhart Library interim hours, March 21-29

Eckhart Library will have reduced building and circulation hours for spring interim, March 21-29. 

Monday – Friday noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

RESCHEDULED: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: University of Chicago Edition

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New date and time: April 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library room 130.

On April 15, 2015 the University of Chicago Library will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Special Collections Research Center. The subject focus of the event is great women in University of Chicago history. Experienced Wikipedia editors and new users alike are welcome to participate. Librarians in Special Collections have chosen specific events, organizations, and people without existing Wikipedia articles to be created as part of this event.  As well as short articles that can be expanded upon. The list includes some notable names to be researched and added to Wikipedia: Georgiana Simpson, Gertrude Dudley, and Marlene Dixon. This is a great opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia but also learn about the role of women in shaping and sustaining the University. 

Those in attendance will be able to consult primary source material in special collections as well as print and electronic secondary sources to verify facts. Staff will be on site to offer help navigating online resources to help editors build new articles or enhance existing articles.

Wikipedia has a lot to offer and gain from working with the University Library. This event provides an opportunity to learn how articles are built and maintained and provide on-site access to databases and one-on-one assistance from reference librarians in navigating these sources. New users shouldn’t shy away from attending.

The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Come for all or part of the evening. Registration required, please RSVP by 4/12/15. Email: or sign up on Facebook

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop and power cord.

New to Wikipedia?

Create an account on Wikipedia, if you don’t have one already.  There are a lot of benefits for doing so, particularly with collaborative events like edit-a-thons.  

Once your account is made, try running through The Wikipedia Adventure, an automated tutorial that will help cover some of the basics of using Wikipedia.  It takes about an hour to complete, and it’s an excellent resource for getting started.    

Crerar Library interim hours, March 21-29

Crerar Library will have reduced building and circulation hours for spring interim, March 21-29. 

Sunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 22  Closed
Sunday, March 29 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see