Library offering $10 gift card for input on website

Help us with our research so we can better help you with yours.

UChicago Library seeks students, faculty, and staff participants for website testing. All participants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be currently employed at the Library.

The activity will take no more than 60 minutes, and participants will receive a SemCoop gift card with a value of $10. Sessions will be held at Regenstein Library.

If interested, please contact Kathy Zadrozny, Web Developer, at kzadrozny@uchicago.edu.

Please mention:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your status and department or major.
  3. Two possible times when you would be available to come in for participation between July 1st – 16th during regular business hours.
  4. On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most experienced), please describe your level of experience using the library website. We are looking for participants with all levels of experience, so a high or low number will not assure or preclude your selection for this study.

Alert Fri., July 3 & Sat., July 4: all libraries closed

All campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3, a University holiday, and Saturday, July 4, Independence Day.  Regular summer hours will resume on Sunday, July 5.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Library summer quarter hours, June 22 – Aug. 28

Beginning Monday, June 22, the Library will operate on summer quarter building hours at all of its locations. Summer quarter hours will end on August 28.

Crerar Library
Sunday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Eckhart Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday noon – 9:45 p.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday  – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon – 10 p.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until September 28 at 1 a.m.

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Spring quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to October 2

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due June 26 have been automatically renewed by the Library for summer quarter. As of June 15, all such items have a new due date of October 2, 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.

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.

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize winners announced

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students

Congratulations to Xavier Zahnle, Stephanie Bi, and Haozhe Shan, the winners of the 2015 John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students.

1st place winning paper
A Glimpse Into Our Future’s Past: Plastic Debris In the Stratigraphic Record by Xavier Zahnle

2nd place winning paper
Migrant Mysteries: An Elucidation of the Hispanic Health Paradox by Stephanie Bi

3rd place winning paper
Social Rejection and Health by Haozhe Shan

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American Chemical Society journals optimized for smartphones and tablets

acs2go-70x70ACS2Go is ACS Publications’ new mobile platform that offers readers enhanced features and an improved reading experience optimized for tablets and smartphones. ACS2Go can also be easily paired with our University of Chicago Library subscriptions to access full text articles both on and off campus.

To pair your device and use ACS2Go, simple visit pubs.acs.org on your smartphone while authenticated on the campus wireless network (e.g., uchicago or uchicago-secure). The pairing is good for up to 4 months, allowing you to read and download content while off campus.  The pairing is refreshed each time you access ACS2Go while on the campus wireless network.  Alternatively, you can also get an access code from a campus computer by visiting pubs.acs.org/action/mobileDevicePairingLogin and logging in with your ACS ID. The access code authentication also expires after the same 4 month period.

With ACS2Go you will be able to:

  • Browse journals and read full text articles
  • Download articles to your mobile device for offline reading
  • Select journals and articles as favorites for quick reference from your home screen
  • Search journals by keyword, author or title
  • View and search references and related links
  • Share articles and links via email

To provide feedback or for technical assistance, please visit help.acs.org or contact ACS Publications at support@services.acs.org.

The Studio in the Field: Exhibit Reception and Film Screening

The Studio in the Field: Techniques of Early Wildlife Photography. Reception and Film Screening Reception and Screening: May 27th, 5:00-5:30 pm in the John Crerar Library's Kathleen A. Zar Room.

Reception and Screening, May 27th, 5:00-5:30 pm

Location: The John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room.
Time: May 27th, 5:00-7:30 pm.

In conjunction with its current exhibit, The Studio in the Field: Techniques in Early Wildlife Photography, the John Crerar Library will be hosting a reception and film screening on May 27th, from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm. A guest lecture and introduction to the exhibit and films will be provided by Carl Fuldner, Department of Art History.

Refreshments to be served.

RSVP by emailing Jennifer Hart or Sarah Fesmire. (more…)

Workshop: Collaboration Tools for Researchers

Crerar Library Computer Classroom, May 19th, 12-1pm

A wide range of tools to help you collaborate with other researchers are available these days. This workshop will cover options for sharing different kinds of work including citation and pdfs, document files, images and presentations.  It will also cover collaborative software options  available for editing documents, managing group projects and virtual meetings. 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

Alert Library Catalog & BorrowDirect offline, 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. Wed., 4/29

The Library Catalog and BorrowDirect will be unavailable between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29 due to scheduled systems maintenance.

The Library Catalog will allow searches, but holdings and item availability information will not be displayed, nor will service links associated with holdings and items. My Account will also be unavailable.

Direct searches of the BorrowDirect catalog will also be unavailable while maintenance is underway.

UBorrow will remain accessible during this time.

Celebrating Earth Day

The first Earth Day celebration, which took place 45 years ago, marked a turning point in American environmental consciousness. The environment’s inextricable tie to public health became increasingly evident throughout the 1960’s, and several events throughout the decade— including the the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Springthe 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and the 1969 People’s Park protests at Berkeley—prompted U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and several activists and labor organizations to raise funds for a nationwide day of awareness¹. Since the first celebration in 1970, Earth Day has grown into a worldwide celebration and day of awareness. By its 30th anniversary, over 180 nations and 500 million people participated in Earth Day celebrations¹.

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Workshop: Managing Your 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

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
Description:

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.

https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1010

Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715
More info: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1010
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.
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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: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/zar/kaz2015workshop.html

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 biomed@lib.uchicago.edu 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:

Consultations

  • 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

Searching

  • 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

wildlife image

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! http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/using/staff/specialists.html

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. http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/using/reference/

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.http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/using/ill/

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.

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/using/ill/

Book a Room

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

http://rooms.lib.uchicago.edu/

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