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New Faculty & TAs: Getting Started at ISU Libraries: Home

Learn about Library resources & services relevant to you!

Welcome to ISU!

Welcome! This guide is intended to help faculty, instructors & TAs who are new to ISU learn about the ISU Libraries, resources, and services that are available to you for your classes, your research, and teaching collaborations with librarians. Enjoy!


Fall 2015:

Here's our list of Fall 2015 Workshops! Registration is required & opens approximately 2 weeks before each event.

green star Graduate Students: Everything you need to know about the Library (click to Register!)
September 17, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Personalizing NCBI
October 1, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Altmetrics - New Metrics for Your Research Impact!
October 8, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Stand Out from the Crowd: Get Read, Cited, & Hired!
October 23, Friday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Getting Started with EndNote Web!
October 30, Friday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Getting Started with Mendeley!
November 12, Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

green star Finding Funding: Using Campus Resources!
(date to be announced)

See our Workshops Guide for more info. Also watch for mailings, flyers, & Library news! Contact Jody Kalvik with registration questions.

Archived webinars:

green starAltmetrics - (Workshop & webinar took place Fall 2014)

green starGraduate Students: Everything you need to know about the Library - (Most recent workshop took place Jan. 29, 2015; this archived webinar is from Fall 2014 iteration of workshop.)

green starScopus (Workshop & webinar took place Fall 2014)

Working Off Campus? What you need to know....

Many of the Library's online resources are subscription materials. If you're off-campus while trying to connect to that resource, you will need to login to authenticate yourself as a member of the ISU community in order to access that material. This also includes public finding tools (such as Google Scholar) that link to licensed subscription material owned by specific libraries.

If you're prompted to login while connecting to any of the e-Library resources or services, simply use the last 11 digits of your ISUCard number (sometimes called Borrower ID on Library webpages), and use your Library Password. Don't have or don't remember your Library Password? Set a new one here.


First, if you're using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), turn it off. A VPN client bypasses the authentication process listed above and delivers your request directly to the commercial database vendor, but without identifying you as an authorized user/subscriber.

Get help!

Any difficulties finding or using Library resources? Contact us through Ask Us!

What We Can Do For You

Subject librarians

Find your librarian here! We are your primary contacts to learn about library collections and research databases in your subject areas, instructional support for your classes, and reference services. Browse the list to find and contact your Subject librarian today!

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ISU card

Your ISUCard
Your ISUCard serves as a photo ID and doubles as your ISU Library card for borrowing library materials. The number on your ISUCard and your Library password (see below) are your logins for remote access to many of the Library's online journal articles and subscription databases.

Library password
You must be a valid ISU Library user, with a valid registered email address to be able to use this online form to set your Library password. Your ISUCard and this password are required for remote access of our Library's online subscription materials.

Off-Campus Access
Research anywhere, anytime! When doing library research from off-campus, you'll be prompted to login with your ISUCard number and Library password. Your ISUCard number and Library password allow you to access the Library's many subscription databases, e-journals, e-books, and other services from off-campus.

ISU Distance Education students & instructors, please see our Distance Learning guide for more specifics about off-campus access and getting your ISUCard number.

Fun Facts!


Your Librarian

Susan A. Vega Garcia
Head of Instruction
Associate Professor
140 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011
(515) 294-4052
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