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Grad Students: Research Tools, Support, and Services

Library Orientation for Graduate Students & Post Docs


Off-Campus Access to ISU Library resources requires logging in with your Net-ID and ISU email password. To make the research process easier, we recommend you start by logging into Okta or My Library Card and it will remember you as a valid ISU user until you close your Internet browser.

NOTE: Your Net-ID is the portion of your ISU email address that appears before the @ symbol, as in:


Where to Get Help

The ISU Library has a great staff of librarians (complete with superpowers!) who can answer questions about any aspect of your research that involves searching for information. Each of our liaison librarians is responsible for one or more subject areas and has subject expertise you can tap as you're doing your research.

They can help with advice about research methodologies, database suggestions, data management plans - anything related to how to find use, and evaluate resources. Getting to know your liaison librarian will make your life as a graduate student easier.

Click the icon below to find your librarian!

    Find Your Librarian

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” - Neil Gaiman


Workshop Goals

This Guide accompanies the Library Workshop Straight to the Source: Protips for Grad Students. The workshop goals are:

  • Learn about selected Library services, databases, and information available to support your graduate studies
  • Learn who is YOUR subject librarian
  • Give you introductory hands-on search experience with some of the databases

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What We Can Do for You: Services

Here are just a few helpful Library resources & services that support graduate students and post docs in your research, teaching, and professional development.

Your Librarian! 
Find your librarian here! We are your primary contacts to learn about library collections and research databases in your subject areas, instructional support for your classes, and reference services. Browse the list to find and contact your librarian today!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Document Delivery
ILLiad is the name of our Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery service. This speedy delivery service provides a handy way for ISU students, faculty, and staff to have materials delivered to you. Use ILLiad's online form to request articles, books & other items be delivered to you. Use your ISU Net-ID and password to login to this online request form!

Ask Us!
IM, email, phone us! Your options for library assistance and questions, whether you're here in the library, in your office, or off-campus. Connect with knowledgeable Library staff! 

What is "My Library Card?"

The My Library Card link in the top right corner of the library website lets you: see what you have checked out; renew items online; save your searches; and "pin" or save QuickSearch records to a favorites list for later use.

Book Retrieval Service!

A helpful service to know about:

Pick from Shelf: Wish you could have assistance in getting library books you need pulled from the shelves for you, and you pick them up from an easy location? You can now, with our "Pick from Shelf" service! 

Here's how it works:  On the Library's website, login using the My Library Card link in the top right corner.  Now use Quick Search to find a book you want, and then click the book's title to open its record.  See the Request Options section? Just choose the Request link, and choose where you want to pick up the book - from the Parks Library Circulation Desk, or the Vet Med Library, or Design Reading Room - you're done! More info

Pick from Shelf - Request link


FREE Scanners!

Scanning books, journal articles, or other papers:
Self-serve scanners with friendly help screens are located in the Parks Library on Floor 1 (in the southwest corner of the Learning Connections Center), in the Veterinary Medicine Library and the Design Reading Room. These "face-up" book scanners are available during all open hours, and are free of charge. Users can choose to scan in full color, grayscale, or black and white. Output formats include JPEG, TIFF, and PDF. Scanning area is 17" by 24". Scanned files can be emailed or copied to a flash drive.