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Distance Learning Library Support  

This guide supports ISU distance learning students & instructors to more easily access and use our Library materials and services!
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Off-Campus Access

Most of our indexes, ejournals, and full-text articles can be accessed off-campus using your ISU Borrower ID and password.  See Set your Library password for more information. 

Distance Learning students: Can't find your ISUCard number? Login to AccessPlus.  Choose ISU IDs in the left sidebar to find your ISUCard number.  Your Borrower ID is the last 11 digits of your ISUCard number. (Problems? Contact  See also our DL Guide

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Welcome to ISU Library's Distance Learning Guide!
This guide will help you learn about the services and resources available to our distance learners.  

For login, see our Off-Campus Access info on this page!


5 Things you need to know....

Five things you need to know to successfully use the Library services and resources. Please note you need to use your ISU University ID number to access Library resources and services. (Can't find your University ID number? See our Off-Campus Access info on this page!)

1. ISU eLibrary has many online resources and services available for you to use, regardless of where you’re located.  Books and other materials can be sent to you through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services.

2. Learn!  You've told us you want library instruction videos & more information on how to find articles. You'll find that here plus other learning materials throughout this Guide.  Keep letting us know more topics you'd like us to cover!   

3. Library Guides – can help you get started with research.  The Guides also identify the subject expert librarian for your subject area, along with her or his contact information.  

4. Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery – if you need library materials (books, articles, etc.), you can request these be sent to you via the online Request Form. You'll need your ISU Net-ID to login. You may receive some materials (such as scanned articles) within 24 hours!  

5. Ask Us! – Use our handy Ask Us! service whenever you have a question about finding information, doing research, or whenever you need help using the Library.   


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Find Us in Blackboard!

Does your ISU Distance course use Blackboard?  You can find us there too!  Just look in the top left corner in Blackboard for the My Library link.  You'll find useful library tools there, including Quick Search, Library Guides, Course Reserves, and Ask Us!  



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