Science Featured Resources

Exhibit catalog for “Transcending Tradition” is available

Transcending Traditions catalogA catalog has been published by Springer Verlag for the exhibition “Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” currently on view at the John Crerar Library. 

University of Chicago faculty, students and staff can access the catalog as an e-book on the SpringerLink platform .  Print copies are available for purchase at the University of Chicago Bookstore (970 East 58th Street, Chicago) and from other retail booksellers.

The exhibition has been extended to run until January 15, 2013.  For more information on the exhibition, including hours and associated events, visit

Ebook Platforms: Ebrary and Ebscohost

Many of the newest titles available in the library are now in ebook format.  The books are findable through the Library catalog search interface Lens.  The two most common interfaces on which the books are displayed are the Ebrary and Ebscohost platforms. These two offer similar functionality, but there are some differences in features available.


The Ebrary platform offers users who create an account the ability to save highlighted text and notes.  Some Ebrary books are available for 7-14 day download.  You can install Adobe Digital Editions Software to view them on an Ereader.  Ebrary also offers an app for both Apple and Android Devices. Users can print a maximum of 60 pages per title, per user session.

Ebrary Platform


The Ebscohost platform offers some similar features to Ebrary. Users who create an account have the ability to add notes to text and view them in their MyEbscohost folder. Ebscohost, like Ebrary offers the ability to print up to 60 pages of text per title, per user session. Ebscohost does offer a mobile version of their platform however it is not possible to download the full book to a separate reader.

Ebscohost platform

Research guide to turkeys

Image of a wild turkey (male)

First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 Library of Congress, American Memory.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, the University of Chicago Library once again brings you its research guide to turkeys.  From turkey recipes to turkey economics to turkey history, the guide points to a rich range of resources that will help you bring good food and informed conversation to your holiday table.

 Find more University of Chicago Library research guides.

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.