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Using Quick Search to Find Books & More

Quick Search helps you find ISU Library books, ebooks, and many other types of materials. Because Quick Search is so huge, here are a few tips:

To find books:  

  • Enter your search terms in the box and click search. You can use Tweak my results on the right of your search results page to select choose Books, under Format Type.  You can also use the Advanced Search tool to select material type.


To find ebooks: 

  • Follow the steps above for finding books, and then use Tweak my results to select Full Text Online, under Availability. Use your ebook's Online access link to open and read the book!

Advanced Search's other drop-down menus provide additional search control options, allowing you to specify that your words appear in the title or author or subject areas. You can also narrow or redirect your search results using the Tweak my results links that appear on the right of your search results page.

ISU Library doesn't have the book you need?

WorldCat - Use this to find books & more in libraries nearest to you. When you find an item and open its individual record, use the Enter your location box to type in your US zip code or your country. You'll see the name(s) of libraries nearest you that own the item.

Nothing nearby? Use ISU Library's ILL/Document Delivery to get your item delivered quick!

Google Books - You can also use Google Books to look for free online books or sale copies of e-books. Non-copyrighted materials are the obvious strength of their collections.

Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) - The ISU Library may have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries near you, through our partnership with GWLA.

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