ISU has a tradition of strong academic programs in the sciences and the ISU Library collections reflect this. If you are looking for something and cannot find it via the Library website, please ask for assistance! Odds are pretty good that we really do have it! The ISU Library maintains one of the largest collections of scientific research materials in Iowa and is among the largest in the Midwest. The Library also maintains an extensive collection of industry standards (current as well as historic) in the Standards Center in Parks Library (Room 161). If for some reason we do not have access to the research materials you need, they can usually be obtained from another library (via Interlibrary Loan) within 24-48 hours.
We are privileged to have a number of experienced librarians on staff who are subject specialists in all areas of science and engineering. Our job is basically: to help you learn what is available; to navigate library resources more easily; to teach ISU students how to find/use/evaluate library resources; and to acquire research materials in your subject area(s). Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist your use of library resources!
There are many unusual types of research resources in science and engineering areas. Some examples include conference abstracts, industry standards, proceedings, patents, preprints, protocols, technical reports and test methods.They all pose unique challenges for researchers.
We can provide you with: one-on-one in-depth advice for research projects to either you or your students, a specialized library tour(s) tailored to your research areas, workshops and class presentations on specific library resources (e.g., how to use Web of Science or how to locate electronic journal articles), assistance in creating web guides to support your courses, and purchase materials for the collection based on your research needs.
We are especially interested in the needs of new faculty and your opinions and/or comments on whether or not the library collections meet your research needs. Please let your librarian know if you have suggestions for book purchases, or comments about gaps/holes you find in our collection.
Trying to decide where to publish your next article? The library has resources available to help!