This guide will help you understand how to search library resources, find articles, and use specialized databases/indexes on your topic. You can also explore how to track back articles from a bibliography or citation, find citation guides and citation management software, and provide you with free project technology tool options. If you're looking for where to start, you've found the right place! Read through the rest of this landing page and start exploring the menu on the left to learn more!
When you're unsure where to start, you can begin by brainstorming or starting with general searches to help you come up with a more focused topic or help you explore search terms that are more focused or precise. This can be particularly helpful when you don't have much background knowledge on a given topic.
The University Library website is a one-stop shop for all things academic and scholarly. Explore the many databases, research guides, and resources available to you as a student. If you are accessing databases from off campus, you may be prompted to log in using your ISU credentials. From the main library page you can dive right in with a Quick Search, which allows you to search for books, e-books, articles, images, movies, and more, all from a single search. Sometimes you need to be a bit more focused, though. That's where the other resources on this page and in the left menu come into play.