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Graduate Students: Everything you need to know about the Library... but were afraid to ask!

Library Orientation for Grad Students & Post Docs

SciTech at ISU Library

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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!

Specialized 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.