Welcome to ISU Distance Education students! To get what you need to get started using the ISU Library, here are the basics...
Ready? Get your ISUCard! Distance Learning students are a diverse group, but everyone has an ISUCard number. In case you don't, be sure to read the "ISU Card" information on the ISU Distance Education Getting Started flyer. You need that card number to use many of the ISU Library's online search tools and services -- keep it handy!
Set? Set your Library PIN! In order to use many of the databases and services on the ISU e-Library website, you'll need to set your Library pin#.
Go! Use the ISU e-Library website! The ISU e-Library website offers its online catalog, numerous online databases, full-text journal articles, and online support services for you. If you're prompted to login while connecting to any of the e-Library resources or services, simply use your ISUCard number (last 11 digits of the number on your ISUCard - sometimes these digits are called Borrower ID), and use your Library PIN as your password!
Problems? First, make sure you're not using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN client bypasses the steps listed above and delivers your request directly to the commercial database vendor, but without identifying you as an authorized user/subscriber. (Read the section "E-journals, e-books..." on our Remote Users page for more information.) Report any problems with your ISUCard or card number to ISU Distance Education. Report difficulties finding or using Library resources by using the Ask a Librarian service.
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