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NREM: Natural Resources Ecology and Management Research Guide

Research guide for the NREM department and affiliated programs of study – animal ecology, forestry, fisheries, land management, etc. - recommended databases, search tips, and more.

NREM reads

NREM Reads is a community-wide common read program centered on the book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature by Dr. Drew Lanham.


E-book Access

The Home Place can be read three different ways.

In a browser (requires internet connection)

  1. Access the eBook by choosing a provider: EBSCOhost Ebooks or eBook Central. If not already logged into Okta, log in with your NetID and password when prompted. 
    • In EBSCOhost, click EPUB Full Text to start reading
    • in eBook Central click Read Online to start reading.

As a PDF

Due to copyright restrictions only 100 pages at a time can be downloaded from this book per connection session and only from eBook Central.

  1. Open the eBook Central copy of the book.
  2. Click the Download PDF link on the chapter you wish to download.

On an e-Reader or in an e-Read App (epub file)

The Home Place is available to check out as an epub file for 7-days (you can check it out multiple times). To access an epub file you need two things:

  • eReader: a standalone device or app installed on a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
  • Adobe Digital Editions: an eReader app and a program that manages the downloaded ebook's copyright.

To download the ePub file on EbscoHost

  1. Open web page for the eBook page in EBSCOhost. If not already logged into Okta, log in with your NetID when prompted.
  2. Click Sign In on the blue menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Sign in or create an account with your ISU email address.
    • Sign in with Google works if you have it set up for your ISU email address.
  4. Return to The Home Place page. Click Full Download on the left. Check the "I have Adobe Digital Editions" box and download the file.
  5. Open the downloaded file it using Adobe Digital Editions. You may now read the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions or import it into another eReader app of your choice.


I can't open the ePub file.

Please double check that you are trying to open the ePub file and not a file with the "acsm" extension. The ACSM file is just a download delivery file used by Adobe Digital Editions to fulfill the ePub file download (yes, this is much more complicated than it should be).

Something went wrong and I'm stuck.

Email Megan and let her know which method and step you are stuck on. Megan has a lot of experience with ePub files, eReaders, and EBSCO and should be able to help you out. 

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