Michael L Newman

Biology Librarian

As the Biology Librarian in the Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library, I assist members of the Stanford community in finding and using information in the life sciences.  I also offer workshops in using databases and other sources to find journal articles and other digital and printed information in biology.  I select journals, books, media, and other information resources in the life sciences for Stanford's collections and I welcome suggestions for purchase.

Course number Term Guide Instructor
UAR 43 Summer/Fall 2019 Leland Scholars Program
CHEM 181 (CHEMENG 181, CHEMENG 281) Fall 2018 Biochemistry Cegelski, L.
BIO 46 Winter 2017 Introduction to research in ecology and evolutionary biology Jessica Coyle
BIO 2N Spring 2017 Ecology and evolution of infectious disease in a changing world Erin Mordecai
BIO 199W Winter 2020 Senior Honors Thesis: How to Effectively Write about Scientific Research Jamie Imam


  • MLS, University of Oklahoma
  • MA, Botany, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Professional activities 

I am an active member of the Medical Library Association and its Molecular Biology and Genomics Special Interest Group.

Selected Publications 

Newman, Michael L.; Sack, John. Information workflow of academic researchers in the evolving information environment: an interview study. Learned Publishing, Volume 26, Number 2, April 2013 , pp. 123-131(9). http://alpsp.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/alpsp/lp/2013/00000026/00000002/art00009;jsessionid=sjd08ab2c5s7.alice

Newman M. “Information workflow of academic researchers in the changing technological environment: an interview study.” Contributed paper presented at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, Minneapolis, May 2011.

Newman M. Collections strategies for electronic books. Information Outlook 2010 Jun; 14 (4): 10-12.

Newman M. “HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey." Survey results analysis by Michael Newman, foreword by Anh Bui. Stanford, California: HighWire Press, 2010. http://highwire.stanford.edu/PR/HighWireEBookSurvey2010.pdf

Osborne NJ, Newman ML, Payne D. Journal editorial policies, animal welfare, and the 3Rs. American Journal of Bioethics 2009 Dec; 9 (12): 55-59.