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Mechanical Engineering Research Guide

Introductory guide to library research and resources for faculty, staff, and students in mechanical engineering.

Get Items the Library Doesn't Own with ILL

You can get access to books and articles not owned by the University Library by placing an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. This service is free of charge for students, faculty, and staff. Please see ILL/DD homepage and FAQs for more information about this service.

Articles, which are delivered as downloadable PDFs, may arrive in as little as 2-hours but books are shipped by mail and you should expect delivery time to be in days, not hours.

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How to Order Articles

How to Order Books

Another Option: Unpaywall

How to Order Articles

The easy way:

Get it @ ISU button
  1. Search for an article in a database and click the ISU Library link. This may be a text link, or a "View It@ISU" or "Get It@ISU" button (pictured at right).
  2. On the next screen you will see a lot of information. Look for the section labeled "If full text and other holdings not available" and click the red Interlibrary Loan link.
  3. Sign into InterLibrary Loan with your ISU Net-ID and password.
    • If this is your first time using ILL then you will need to complete your profile first. You may need to reclick the link in step 2 after completing the profile step.
  4. Review the form, which has been filled out for you, and click Submit Request. You'll receive an email when your article is ready.

Another Way:

  1. Sign into Interlibrary Loan using your ISU Net-ID and password.
    • f this is your first time using ILL then you will need to complete your profile.
  2. Click Article under the New Request menu.
  3. Fill out the form with as much information as possible.
  4. Review the form and click Submit Request. You'll receive an email when your article is ready.

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  • Include as much information as possible, especially if you think it may be hard to track down.
  • Include the publishing journal's ISSN in the request. You can usually locate an ISSN on the journal's homepage.
  • Include the article's DOI. DOIs all start with "10." and may be included in citations, on the publishing journal's website, and in databases.

How to Order Books

  1. Search for the book you want to order in WorldCat.
  2. Click the title of the book you want to order to open the record for that book.

On Campus

  • Click the Illiad link in the green-bordered "Iowa State Univ network" box.
  • Log into Illiad (the ILL system) with your net-ID and password to complete your request.
  • Click Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when the book is ready for pickup.

Off-Campus

  1. In a new window, log into Interlibrary Loan with your net-ID and password.
  2. In the left menu click Book under the New Request menu.
  3. Fill out as much as the form as possible (consult the WorldCat record you opened in step 2).
  4. Click Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when the book is ready for pickup.

Another Option: Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a browser extension that finds legal free-to-access versions of scholarly papers. If you use Chrome or Firefox, all you need to do is install the free extension. Then you can use it to search for open access versions of articles that might not be covered by ISU Library subscriptions. If there's an open version available you'll get access at the push of a button, without having to wait for ILL.

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Erin Thomas
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