Science News & Announcements

All About Endnote (Desktop Version), Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 4-5 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Endnote is a citation management tool.  With it you can manage your citations and pdfs and create formatted bibliographies as you write your paper.  In this workshop learn how to use the desktop version of EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing citation libraries, importing citations from online databases and other sources, importing and managing PDFs and creating footnotes and bibliographies. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

Under Your Feet, Chicago’s Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels – new web exhibit

cover of bookAn archived web exhibit of the 2006 Crerar exhibit Under Your Feet, Chicago’s Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels is now available.  The physical exhibit was shown in the atrium of Crerar Library from February 14, 2006 to March 31, 2006.

Exhibit Description: Below the surface of downtown Chicago is a fascinating and complex underground maze of tunnels. Chicago has been able to use these tunnels to solve various infrastructure problems, thanks to an easily excavated layer of blue clay underlying the city.Dug at different depths and stretching for miles, they were designed to move water, freight and people throughout the city. Under Your Feet explores the system—from the first water tunnels completed in 1867, to the now defunct freight tunnels of the early 1900’s, to the subway system we use today, to the Deep Tunnel project and storm tunnels of the future.

MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18: D’Angelo Law, Eckhart, and SSA closed, other campus libraries remain open

On Monday, January 18, D’Angelo Law, Eckhart, and SSA libraries will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

NCBI Minute Webinars

NCBI provides series of 5-15 minute webinars that introduce new NCBI tools or provide quick tips for using popular resources.  View them on the NCBI YouTube Channel at:

Quarter loans due January 8 – please return or renew

Quarter loans borrowed or renewed before December 14 are due Friday, January 8.

Items may be renewed via My Account or returned to any campus library.

Items that have been renewed 3 times must be returned and checked out again if you wish to keep them.  This limit does not apply to students in Ph.D. or J.S.D. programs.

Star Wars Library Guide

Books on Star Wars

Some items from the Library’s collections about Star Wars. Photo by Rebecca Starkey.

Are finals getting you down? Don’t succumb to the Dark Side. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens during interim, so take a break and learn about some of the Library’s collections about Star Wars!

The Library has created a Star Wars Library Guide which highlights resources on the films and the phenomena–all available at our campus libraries or online collections.

Remember, the Force is strong within you! Good luck!


Extended Library hours December 4 – 6

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week.

Mansueto will be open Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours from Monday, November 30 until the end of finals on Friday, December 11.

For a full list of library hours, see

Library offers guides for data management and author identifiers

Data Management

The Library has created a guide to help researchers with Data Management issues such as how to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) and Data Repository and Storage Options available.

Why manage your data?

Many funding agencies such as the NSF now require that researchers write a data management plan in order to receive funding. Preserving your data also ensures it will be available in the long term. In addition documenting and managing your data saves you time because it will be easier to use in an organized and understandable form. Putting your data in a repository and letting the repository handle any requests about it also saves you time that you can focus on your own research.

Author Identifiers

We also offer a guide to creating and using Author identifiers, including ORCID IDs. Creating an ORCID ID gives you a persistent, unique numeric identifier that links together all of your research work, including any name changes over the course of your career. It distinguishes you from others with the same name and ensures that your work is attributed to you. It also makes it easy for others to locate all of your research, since it is all linked by an identifier.

Crerar Library hosting webinar – Instructional Design for Medical Librarians

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Kathleen Zar Room, John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
Cost: Free
Register: Complete this form

The Crerar Library is pleased to host the Medical Library Association’s upcoming webinar, Instructional Design for Medical Librarians, led by Max Anderson, instructional designer at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).  In this session, you will learn about instructional design principles, the working life of an instructional design professional, how to incorporate library resources and various tools that will help keep you or your faculty on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

Max Anderson

Max Anderson

Anderson provides training and support for UIC’s teaching faculty in the facilitation and use of educational technology and holds an appointment in the Department of Medical Education at UIC as an instructor. He holds a master’s in library and information studies from Florida State University and a master’s in learning technology from the University of North Texas. Previously, he was assistant library director for educational technology for the Rush University Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

Maps, directions to campus, and parking information are available here.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.  Information on Assistive Listening Device

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists” on November 12, 2015

The PubMed for Scientists webinar led by NCBI staff will demonstrate how to efficiently search biomedical literature in PubMed, including: how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow a search, find full text articles, and set up an email alert for new research on your topic. The webinar will be archived on the NCBI YouTube channel.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Registration URL:

Your librarians can also teach you how to search PubMed efficiently! Let us know if you’d like us to come to your next lab meeting or departmental meeting for a PubMed refresher. We can also meet in one-on-one consultations. Contact us at