Science Featured Resources

Online tutorials in the sciences and medicine

Looking to do some online training over the summer?  Check out one of these options:

Visible Body now available

Visible Body image of skull

Visible Body is a suite of 5 anatomy applications with interactive 3D models and animations:

  • Human Anatomy Atlas
  • Muscle Premium
  • Skeleton Premium
  • Heart & Circulatory Premium
  • Physiology Animations

It is available online and via mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.  App download instructions are here:


New Human Genome Resources site now available

The new Human Genome Resources site offers access to visualization and analysis tools available for the human genome, as well as other relevant tools like BLAST, the NCBI remapping service and databases that provide human molecular data. The resources are sorted into categories like Find, View, Download and Learn, making it easier to find what you need.

With the new site, you can:

In addition, the portal includes an extensive listing of learning resources that may help you have a better understanding of the wealth of information associated with the human genome.

Abstracts for 35th International Geological Congress available online


The 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) took place 27 Aug – 4 Sep 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.  Abstracts of the scientific program are available online on the American Geological Institute (AGI) website.  Other information about the IGC, including field trip descriptions and reports is available on the main conference website.

The 36th IGC will take place in New Delhi, India in 2020.

Library resources on sandhill cranes

Group of sandhill cranes taking flight

Sandhill cranes at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Dale Garrison/USFWS

Flocks of sandhill cranes passed over Chicago yesterday during their fall migration, filling the air with their raspy, raucous calls. As  some of the largest birds in North America and with some of the widest wingspans of all the birds on the North American continent their migration is particularly striking. To learn more about sandhill cranes, check out some of the resources available from the web and in the Library.

Birds of North America /

The Sandhill Cranes / Lawrence Walkinshaw, 1949

Sandhill and whooping cranes : ancient voices over America’s wetlands / Paul A. Johnsgard, 2011
Print version also available

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge comprehensive conservation plan / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2006

Among the thousands of sandhill cranes seen over Chicago yesterday, observers also reported seeing a few whooping cranes, an endangered species.  Efforts are underway to re-establish a migratory flock of these birds.

ProxyIt for mobile devices

mobile devices and coffeeHaving difficulty accessing articles, ebooks, or other library resources on your phone or tablet?  Use ProxyIt for mobile devices!  Once installed, anytime you go to a web page for one of the Library’s electronic resources, use ProxyIt! to reroute the page through the proxy server so that you may login and access the material.

More information about accessing resources while off-campus is available at:

Site of radiocarbon dating discovery named historic landmark

Photo of Willard Libby

Willard F. Libby, professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, receives the 1951 Research Corporation Award for his radiocarbon dating process at a dinner held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. [University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-03870], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

A ceremony was held in yesterday in historic Kent Chemical Laboratory to commemorate the discovery of radiocarbon dating—an innovative and broadly applied method to measure the age of organic materials.  This year marks the 70th anniversary of University of Chicago professor Willard F. Libby’s first publication (W. F. Libby, “Atmospheric Helium Three and Radiocarbon from Cosmic Radiation,” Phys. Rev. 69, 671-2, DOI: on radiocarbon dating, which appeared in the June 1, 1946 issue of Physical Review.  The work earned Libby the 1960 Nobel Prize in chemistry which recognized his accomplishments in the development of a “method to use carbon-14 for age for determinations in archaeology, geology, geophysics and other branches of science.”

More information about Libby’s discovery can be found at the National Historic Chemical Landmark radiocarbon dating page:

For further reading, the Library has a broad variety of books and other resources dealing with the subject of radiocarbon dating.  The following are a few examples:

Radiocarbon dating / by Willard F. Libby [2d ed.]
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1955]

Radiocarbon dating : an archaeological perspective. / by Taylor, R. E. (Royal Ervin) [2nd ed.]
Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, Inc., [2014]

Before civilization: the radiocarbon revolution and prehistoric Europe. / by Renfrew, Colin [1st American ed.]
New York, Knopf, [1973]

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 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 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 or contact ACS Publications at

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


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.