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GEOL 360: Fundamentals of the Lithosphere: Getting access to a source

Getting to the actual source

While many of our databases have the full text of articles and reports in them, not all do.  In those cases, you'll need to find out if we have that item in the library or if it's available on the web.  If not, don't worry! We can request items from other libraries through InterLibrary Loan.

Some things to know about InterLibrary Loan

  • Libraries share things with one another, and that's how we get items through InterLibrary Loan.  Our InterLibrary Loan specialist is very good at finding and getting items for people that need them.
  • Because these items are coming from other libraries, we don't have control over how fast it takes to get an item. That said, electronic items typically come very quickly.
  • If you request an article or a chapter of a book, it will come electronically as a pdf.  This usually only takes a day or two (though again, we cannot guarantee it).
  • If you request a whole book or whole report, it will be sent through the mail.  This is slower and depends on how far the item needs to travel.  These can take a week or two to arrive.
  • You will get an email when your item has arrived.

Steps to finding and getting an item

This process looks overwhelming, but it's really pretty quick.

From a library database (such as GeoRef of Scopus):
  1. If you're in a database like GeoRef, GeoScienceWorld, or Scopus, look for a link to the pdf or the full text.  If you have a link, click it and get that source!
  2. If there's no link, look for a "Get It" button and click it: small button that says "Get It>>"
    1. This will search the library's collections and bring up a result in LibrarySearch.  If we have the item, you'll be given the location or a link to get it.
    2. If we don't have the item, you'll see a link to "Request via InterLibrary Loan." You can click that link and request the item through InterLibrary Loan right there, or you can check GoogleScholar first to see if it's available on the web(see below).
If you're not in a database or there's no "Get it" button
    Search for the title of the item in quotes on LibrarySearch.  If we have the item, you'll be given the location or a link to get it.
  1. If the item doesn't come up, click the box on the left side of the screen that says "Include items at other libraries" 
  2. If the item comes up, click on it and you'll see a link to "Request via InterLibrary Loan." Click that link and request the item through InterLibrary Loan right there, or you can check GoogleScholar first to see if it's available on the web (see below).
Find out if the source is freely available on the web
  1. Check GoogleScholar: Search for the title of the item in quotes on GoogleScholar.  If the item is available for free on the web, you'll see a link in the right column next to the record.  If you just click the title of the item, you will probably be taken to the publisher's site and will need to pay money for access to the source.  Please don't pay!
Requesting the Item through InterLibrary Loan
  1. If you have found the item in LibrarySearch and have a "Request via InterLibrary Loan" link.  Click that. Once you log in, most of the request should be filled out for you.  Fill in any missing required fields and click submit.
  2. If you still haven't found the item, you can create a manual InterLibrary Loan request. 
    1. Log in to ILLIAD
    2. On the upper right part of the screen click New Request / Article or Book Chapter
    3. Fill in the required fields and click submit.

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