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Environmental Science and Studies Research Guide

This guide serves all of Iowa State's environmental programs as well as the many courses that share themes of sustainability, resource management, and environmental awareness.

Off-campus access

General off-campus access

The ISU Library has moved to a new system that allows you to log in using 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.

Because Net ID login for off-campus access is new, you may encounter unexpected problems. If this happens, 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
    • 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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Lorrie Pellack
Head, Research & Instruction Services Dept.
150c Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-5569