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How do I find "Iowa curves"?

1218 views   |   23 Last updated on May 03, 2016    Iowa statistics

This is a publication that does not have either 'Iowa' or 'curves' in its title that was actually published as Bulletin (Iowa State University Engineering Research Institute), #155 & #156, 1942, by Robley Winfrey, ISU Call Number: TA1 .Io8b. #155 is called "Depreciation of group properties." #156 is called "Condition percent tables for depreciation of unit and group properties." In 1967, the Engin... read more

How do I access SciFinder?

1022 views   |   17 Last updated on Apr 12, 2016    chemistry databases

Iowa State University access to SciFinder is available at  First-time users must establish a personal SciFinder account and user registration requires using a valid ISU email address (i.e. ending in ""). After you successfully submit the registration form, you will receive an email containing a confirmation link... read more

Is there a Notary Public on campus?

1019 views   |   25 Last updated on Apr 12, 2016    notary public library services

The Parks Library has a Notary Public available on weekdays - inquire at the Circulation Desk*.  Julie Johnston in the Provost's Office (1550 Beardshear) is also available as a Notary Public.  In addition, most banks freely offer a Notary Public service and there are several banks in the Campustown area. *Send to Business Services (Cheryl Carlile) ... read more

Can Iowa residents access library resources remotely?

806 views   |   35 Last updated on Aug 25, 2016    non-affiliated

Anyone can walk into the ISU Library and access research databases - there is no login or ID required.  From off-campus computers, members of the ISU Alumni Association have access to a large, multi-disciplinary EBSCO database.  To get to it, go to the Allumni Association website.  Click on Directory Login at the top of the page.  When you get to the login page, click on Use EBSCO Library Benefit,... read more

Where is the Iowa State University Press?

736 views   |   22 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    organizations ISU history permissions

The ISU Library owns the majority of books published by the Iowa State University Press, but not all of them. The ISU Press no longer exists as a separate entity. The Press merged with Blackwell Science Publishing in 2000 and then it was acquired by Wiley in 2007.  Books published after 2000 still have the ISU Press imprint, but are not being published in Ames.  If you are looking for copyright pe... read more

Can non-ISU folks and alumni access library electronic resources?

560 views   |   31 Last updated on Aug 25, 2016    Iowa remote access alumni non-affiliated databases

The licensing agreements we have for our electronic resources restrict access to affiliates of Iowa State University (i.e. current students, staff, and faculty). From off-campus computers, members of the ISU Alumni Association have access to a large, multi-disciplinary EBSCO database.  To get to it, go to the Allumni Association website.  Click on Directory Login at the top of the page.  When you ... read more

Veterinary Medical Library

531 views   |   26 Last updated on Sep 17, 2015    non-affiliated branch libraries library building

The Veterinary Medical Library is located at 2280 College of Veterinary Medicine.  The phone number is 294-2225. All Iowa State University faculty, staff, students and others who have an ISU card are entitled to borrow materials from the Veterinary Medical Library.  Visitors unaffiliated with the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) are welcome to use this library 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Monday-Frid... read more

Where can I find ISU budget and salary information?

528 views   |   19 Last updated on May 03, 2016    legislation Iowa salaries ISU budget

Merit and P & S salary compensation tables can be found at: - All ISU employees salaries are listed by name in the ISU Budget (Parks Library Research Help Desk - LD2533 I56). For specific salaries of Regents institution employees, use Salary Book (Parks Library General Collection JK6357 Io9L). The Salary book is also in a searchable database online through the... read more

How much does printing cost at the library?

514 views   |   1 Last updated on Aug 25, 2016    copying printing papercut

Printing one page in black and white anywhere on campus costs $.05. Printing in color is 100 units ($1) per page. Students can find out how many credits they have by logging into the PaperCut system at: using their netid and password.  Student technology fees fund a $5.00 per semester (or 500 units) print allowance for all students. Each printed page costs five units.... read more

Which password do I use?

489 views   |   30 Last updated on May 03, 2016    remote access passwords computers library services

Library services use 2 different IDs and passwords - depending on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to place an Interlibrary Loan request - you need your NETID and email password. For everything else, the library uses the last 11 digits of your ISU ID (not just 9 digits) and a library password. Users can set their own library password at: read more

Does the Library offer translation services for non-English publications?

464 views   |   23 Last updated on May 03, 2016    languages library services

The ISU Library does not provide translation services for non-English journal articles.  Babelfish ( can provide some limited word-by-word translations although not completely accurate.  Researchers wanting translations should check with the relevant academic department office to see if there is anyone currently in the department who can translate a particular language fo... read more

Where can I find a proctor for an exam I need to take?

451 views   |   29 Last updated on May 03, 2016    tests library services

ISU Students can request a proctor for an exam by going to the Online Testing Center at There may be fees for this service. Additional testing services at Iowa State can be found here. The Ames Public Library also offers this service. Here is their policy for doing so.  Other alternatives include contacting staff at the Nevada or Huxley Public Li... read more

What is Scopus and how do I access it?

444 views   |   27 Last updated on May 03, 2016    databases

The ISU Library has a campus-wide subscription to Scopus and USDA researchers on campus have access to it through their Digitop login. If you are interested in locating cited reference information, we recommend using Web of Science Core Collection or Google Scholar in addition to Scopus (linked on the Article Indexes and Databases page). For details on other library databases that offer cited ref... read more

Where can I find copies of old ISU yearbooks?

436 views   |   19 Last updated on Aug 04, 2016    yearbooks ISU history

All of the old ISU yearbooks (called the Bomb) are now available online at:  If you would like to peruse print copies of the Bomb, an incomplete copy is available in the Parks Library General Collection at LD2548 .Io9b and the Special Collections Reading Room has a more complete print set (Parks Library - Room 403). The Bomb began in 1894 and was p... read more

How do I find information on ISU alumni?

425 views   |   35 Last updated on May 03, 2016    directories ISU history alumni

Iowa State University 2010 Alumni Directory LD2542.3 I68x 2010 (at the Research Help Desk in the Parks Library).  It is also available online from the ISU Alumni Association website to members of the Alumni Association - see: and click on Directory login.  NOTE:  This only contains listings for alumni that are not deceased.  Other information on ISU alumni is often availab... read more

Where can I find dictionaries?

402 views   |   28 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    languages databases

The ISU Library has an excellent collection of foreign language dictionaries, English language dictionaries, and specialized dictionaries (the Oxford English Dictionary for example). Use Quick Search and search using “dictionary” and the language of your choice to pinpoint the location of the dictionaries. An online dictionary site can be found at: ... read more

Does the Library have a collection of auto repair manuals?

399 views   |   27 Last updated on May 03, 2016    cars repair manuals

The ISU Library does not have current auto repair manuals. The Ames Public Library has some available.  Use the Online Catalog link on their website to see what they have available in hard copy.  Use "service manual*" or "repair manual*" as the search term.  Note that anyone with an Ames Public Library card can also gain access to the online Auto Repair Reference ... read more

Can I post a flyer or poster in the library?

387 views   |   31 Last updated on Jun 26, 2015    library building permissions

The ISU Library has designated the bulletin boards, located in the Learning Connections Center (LCC) on either side of the doors leading to the Bookends Café as the area for the posting of University-related materials. Materials for posting must have prior Library approval and all materials must be submitted to Kelly Moore in Room 150, who will also post and remove materials. For the full policy p... read more

What is the "Budget Book" and where is it located?

385 views   |   17 Last updated on May 03, 2016    legislation salaries ISU budget

Actually called: Budget for the Fiscal Year - Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Research Help Desk LD2533 I56). Latest years are available at the Research Help Desk.   New volumes tend to arrive around mid-August each year.  Salary information is also available online (but it is not as current as the print version) at:  The ... read more

Baby Diaper Changing Table & Lactation Room

377 views   |   33 Last updated on Mar 29, 2013    library building family-friendly

The library has diaper changing tables for parents needing to change diapers or attend to their babies.  Diaper changing stations are available in the men's and women's restrooms on the Lower Level, just north of the central circular staircase.  A Lactation room (61 Parks, Lower Level) is available on a first-come, first-served basis during the Library's open hours.  The key is available through t... read more

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