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Halloween research guide

"October's Bright Blue Weather, A Great Time to Read"

Albert Bender’s Illinois WPA Art Project

In celebration of Halloween, the University of Chicago Library has created a research guide that provides a lighthearted, yet informative look at some of the scary resources available to UChicago students.

A few of the featured items in this Halloween guide include:






Discover and share medical news and research with Docphin

Docphin logoDocphin is a free platform to personalize, share, and discuss medical news and research by selecting the journals and news sources you want to see.  Started by a UPenn Internal Medicine Resident and now at nearly 20 universities, Docphin allows you to share and discuss articles with others.  

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NCBI Instructional Videos on YouTube

Ever wonder how to Obtain Genomic Sequence for a Gene or use the Filters Sidebar on PubMed? The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has embraced the way users research and put short instructional videos on their products up on YouTube. The YouTube channel is located here: If you would like more information about the tools showcased on the channel please contact the Crerar librarians.


Demolition of the Research Institutes building

Strolling down the sidewalk of the 5600 block of Ellis Avenue today affords a clear view of the  demolition of the Research Institutes building which is making way for the construction of the new William Eckhardt Research Center.  The Research Institutes building was opened in 1951, and for the last 60 years was the locus of many important discoveries in physics and related sciences.  A large collection of images related to the construction and dedication of the Research Institutes building may be viewed in the Library’s Archival Photofiles collection.


UChicago Research Institutes building under construction
This circa 1950 photograph shows the Research Institutes under construction (Archival Photofiles image identifier: apf2-06366)
Demolition of the RI building May 2012

Demolition of the Research Institutes, May 2012


Documentary video of 200 years of medicine in NEJM

Screenshot of video frameGetting Better: 200 Years of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine presents this 45-minute documentary exploring three stories that demonstrate the changes that have taken place in medicine in the last 200 years.  The three stories, “From Rough to Refined:  The Rise of Surgery (Part 1 of 3),” “Targeting Cancer: The Story of Leukemia (Part 2 of 3),” and “The Plague of Our Time: HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Part 3 of 3)” use research reported in NEJM to show the development of knowledge in modern medicine.

Chemical reaction searching on your iPhone or iPad

Search SPRESImobile app screenshot of opening menuchemicals by name or structure, browse molecules, conditions, properties and references, and navigate through reactions with SPRESImobile. The commercial availability and journal article links take you to the main suppliers’ or publishers’ websites.  SPRESImobile also allows you to share structures and reactions via email or open them within other mobile applications that support standard .mol or .rxn formats. SPRESImobile uses MMDS by Molecular Materials Informatics for structure editing.

To download this free app, go to

Web of Knowledge adds Book Citation Index

In addition to providing information on journal articles, Web of Knowledge now contains information on more than 10,000 books in the sciences.  Web of Knowledge users can find journal article references cited within books as well as in other journal articles.  References cited within books and book chapters constitute the full bibliographies from these books and chapters, and the platform enables linking to the full text of articles contained in the books’ bibliographies.  The database also now provides “times cited” information for books and book chapters.   

 Search the Book Citation Index content from the familiar Web of Knowledge interface.  You can limit your results to just books and book chapters by using the Refine Results feature located on the left side of the results screen.  When you find a book or book chapter of interest, use the FindIt! button in the record to look for the book in the online catalog.  Books included in Book Citation Index may be available as e-books.  If the book is not owned by the University of Chicago, we can usually get a copy for your use via Interlibrary Loan or UBorrow. Individual book chapters for titles we own in print can also be delivered electronically to you using the new Scan and Deliver service.


Clinical Queries Feature in PubMed

PubMed has created a shortcut to reduce the time it takes to find articles based on evidence-based practice. That is the Clinical Queries box. Once a user creates a search, the search can be run in this box. By running the search here, the user can find out exactly which articles are identified as Therapy, Diagnosis, Etiology, Prognosis or a Clinical Prediction Guide. Using this same search box, the user can also find the systematic reviews on that subject indexed in PubMed and any citations pertaining to Medical Genetics.

In order to narrow down a search, the user may limit to the article’s scope, specifying if it is broad or narrow under Clinical Study Categories.  The user may also limit the scope of the Medical Genetics inquires to specific topics including: Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, Clinical Description, Management, Genetic Counseling, Molecular Genetics and Genetic Testing.

The results from this search are limited, so it is recommended that users use the larger PubMed interface if they want comprehensive searches completed.

New electrical engineering and computer science e-books

Book cover - Dawn of the Electronic AgeAre you interested in genomics and proteomics engineering?  Want to know more about digital filters in MATLAB?  The Library has recently acquired all 2005–current e-books published by Wiley-IEEE Press.  This collection focuses on topics in electrical and computer engineering applied broadly across many fields of study.  There are works of historical interest as well, for example,  Dawn of the Electronic Age: Electrical Technologies in the Shaping of the Modern World, 1914 to 1945.

All Wiley-IEEE Press books are available on the IEEExplore platform, or through the individual book titles’ links in Lens, the Library’s online catalog.

Alan Turing at 100: Legacy of a universal mind

Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, is featured in the most recent issue of Nature.  Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of his birth, this special issue examines his legacy in computer science and artificial intelligence as well as his contributions to the development of many other areas of modern science from biology to physics.