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Science Research Guide: Getting Started

Guide to popular science and general interdisciplinary science resources.

General Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are a good place to look for introductory information on almost any sciencetopic.

Off-Campus Access

Most of our online 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 ISU ID number. (Problems? Contact See also our DL Guide.

Information Literacy Guides

These links will help you to be more effective and ethical in your research and writing:


If you need additional helpwith your search for information, feel free to contact the librarian who appears on the right side of this guide or Ask Us! The Ask Us service provides help via instant messaging, email or in-person at the Research Help Desk in the Parks Library.

Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles

The first 2 links below arebasic indexes that would be a good starting place for a beginning-level paper related toany area of science. Most of the articles in these 2 databases are available full-text. The ISU Library also has MANY additionalindexes tojournal articles in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Click on the Find Articles tab to locate additional recommended indexes.

Finding Hot Topics

Need help picking a topic for your paper? Here are some ways to locate hot topics in science:

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