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IEE 594: Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar

Introduction to the ASU Library and literature searching.

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Library Account

Your library account shows your contact information and what items you have checked out and on hold.  If you have fines accumulated this will be soon, too.   Before you start a literature review make sure: 

  • Your email address is correct (the library sends all messages via email)
  • Your fines are paid up - if you owe money, your library privileges are blocked

For questions or problems with your account, contact our Access Services unit at or 480-965-2600 (Noble) or 480-965-3605 (Hayden). 

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILLiad) Account

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service obtains books and journal articles not available in the ASU Library.  You need to activate your "ILLiad" account before you can start requesting items via this service.  To activate, on the ILLiad login screen, click on the red, first time users link and follow the instructions.  

When you are in library databases, the yellow, "Get It @ ASU" button gives you a link (option #2) to request the item via the ILL service whenever the item is not available online from the ASU Library - clicking on this link takes you to the Illiad login screen, once you login the computer will automatically fill in the form for you; check for errors and then click submit.

Once an item has been received we'll notify you by email that it's available:

  • if it's a print item, pick it up at the Information Desk in the library you specified
  • if it's a article or other short item, it will be scanned and available within your account for 90 days

For problems with Interlibrary Loan, contact our Interlibrary Loan staff directly at 480-965-3282 or 

Keeping Track

You'll be searching many database multiple times and with different search strategies - keep track of what you need to do as well as what you've already done.  It will save from duplicating effort and missing steps.  Don't forget to keep track of what alerts/feeds/saved searches you've set up. 

Use what ever method works best for you - paper or software.  

Word Processing

If you don't have word processing on your computer, check the "My Apps" section of your "MyASU" account.  If you do not have access to a personal computer, the ASU Library has workstations available in addition to the computing sites on campus. 


Continue on to next section "Search Strategy"

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The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.