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Landsat 8 to launch Feb. 11

Landsat based imagery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina

Landsat based imagery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina

Landsat satellite based earth imagery data and visualization is ubiquitous, and provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief. NASA is continuing the nearly forty-year old program with the launch of Landsat 8 on February 11, 2013.  As  a joint initiative between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the Landsat Project and the data it collects support government, commercial, industrial, civilian, military, and educational communities throughout the United States and worldwide.

Print and electronic resources related to Landsat program, technology, and uses of the data are available from the Library by searching Lens for “Landsat.”

The following links provide detailed information on the Landsat program including press releases, program history, live views of launch preparations, datasets for download and more:

NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

USGS-NASA Landsat Program:

Landsat aims to maintain gold standard – [BBC World Service’s Science In Action programme]

USGS Views in the News:

USGS EROS Image Gallery:

Additional information, data downloads: Earth Explorer:

Additional information, data downloads: Glovis:


Focus on hydraulic fracturing

Shale gas map

Shale Gas preview from the National Oil and Gas Assessment (NOGA) interactive map.

The United State Geological Survey (USGS) has recently launched a new website focused on hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”).  This technology for extracting petroleum and natural gas from source rocks has raised environmental concerns globally. 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program site includes data from various research projects on hydraulic fracturing underway at various offices of the agency.

The web site also includes a multimedia gallery (imagery, Congressional briefings, public lectures, …) which could be useful for class presentations or papers.

LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury

LiverTox is a comprehensive database that provides practical information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications. It includes information about the affects of herbals and dietary supplements on the liver.  It contains a case registry system to track liver toxicity cases. It was designed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDKK).

Finding out about the flu

Map of flu occurrences in USIt is turning out to be a particularly active flu season.  The Library and the internet have a multitude of information resources related to the influenza virus, both current and historical.  Here are just a few examples:

FluView (Centers for Disease Control) – This weekly surveillance report accumulates data from a variety of reporting centers from across the country.

Flu (MedlinePlus) — MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine provides reliable information on a variety of subjects (including influenza) geared toward the layperson.

Clinical reference tools subscribed by the Library:

You can also search for books in the library catalog on the history of influenza, including:

America’s forgotten pandemic [electronic resource] : the influenza of 1918 by Alfred W. Crosby.

If you would like to find out more about locating resources on the flu, or on any other medical topic, contact the Library using Ask a Librarian.

Resources for scientific and technical writing and presentations

Researchers in science need to communicate their work to colleagues, the press, and others.  In order to aid scientific authors, the Library has a guide to resources for writing scientific articles and papers, creating good poster presentations, and communicating science to the public.  Citation and Writing Resources provides suggested resources, both online and in print that offer sound advice on best practices in scientific communication.

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:






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