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M E 415: Mechanical Systems Design

Guide to using library resources for students in ME 415.

Off-campus access

General off-campus access

You may use your ISU net ID and password to access library resources from off campus! This includes resources (ebooks, databases, etc.) linked on this guide or from the Library website. If you're not in the habit of starting your research at the Library website, you may want to consider adopting that particular habit -- you'll be much less likely to run into websites demanding $40 or more for access to a single article that way. ISU Library subscriptions will cover the vast majority of sources you will want to use, but you need to start with the Library website and log in when requested so that these sources know you're affiliated with ISU and should benefit from our subscriptions.

If you encounter problems with off campus access, please send me a report including:

  • What you were trying to access
  • What happened
  • What browser you were using at the time

I'll do my best to troubleshoot for you and make sure you get access to what you need ASAP.

Google Scholar

Connecting Google Scholar to the Library will add "Viewit@ISU" links to your search results. Clicking these links will prompt you to sign in to the Library and then query our collection. If the Library subscribes to the item you are looking for, you should be directed to the service that will let you access it.

  • Go to https://scholar.google.com
    • You can perform these steps without a Google Account but signing in will save your changes so that they work across multiple devices.
  • Click the icon showing three horizontal bars on the top left of the webpage.
  • From this menu click Settings and then click Library links.
  • In the search box on the Library links page, enter iowa state
  • You’ll see three different options. Check the box for Iowa State University – ViewIt@ISU.
  • Click Save.
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