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13-Mar-2013 Newsletter article

Searching for electronic books?

Did you know that the ISU Library provides access to thousands of e-books in all disciplines? Books such as the Oxford English Dictionary, Controlling Salmonella in Poultry Production and Processing, and Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons from the Crisis are available from your office or home computer. E-books are available on and off-campus. If off-campus, you'll be prompted to enter the last 11 digits of your ISU ID and your library password.

You can search for e-books in Quick Search. Search results will contain records for print and electronic books. Depending on the topic you are searching, it may be useful to search an entire e-book collection. For example, searching the book content of ScienceDirect's "Veterinary Science & Veterinary Medicine" collection will retrieve results at the chapter level, and the results will contain citations for chapters from a variety of books in this collection. The library has purchased e-books packages from publishers such as Elsevier, Oxford, and Springer. E-book packages may be multi-disciplinary (e.g. Ebrary Academic Complete, SpringerLink) or discipline specific (e.g. ENGnetBASE, FOODnetBASE).

To learn more about the e-books available for specific disciplines, consult the "E-books @ Iowa State University" library guide. If you have any questions about e-books (e.g. access, availability, printing, etc.), contact your subject librarian for more information. If you are teaching courses and want to identify e-books for students to use in addition to the course textbook or as a supplement, your subject librarian can also provide assistance with this.

NIH Public Access Policy

Are you looking for information about how to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy? The law states that, "The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication." The NIH Public Access Policy library guide includes information and resources to help researchers comply with this policy. Contact Andrea Dinkelman (, 294-6943) for additional assistance. She can:

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