Monday, October 27, 2014

Have you tried Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan is a service that we offer to current students, faculty, and staff at Tarleton. If there is a book article, video, or even music score that we don’t have, we can request it from other libraries across the nation. There are hundreds of libraries that will share their collections with us. You can search the World Cat database to see which libraries may own the item for which you are searching.

Useful Links:

Best practices for inputting a request:
  1.  Look in World Cat for the Accession number (also known as the OCLC number).
  2. Provide the ISBN/ISSN.
  3. If you are requesting an article include the journal title, article title, volume number, issue number, and page numbers (most of this information can be found in Discovery, even if we don't own the article).
  4. The more information you can give the better.

Things you need to know:
  1. We can’t always get the item that you are wanting. Newer items or obscure items are very difficult to obtain.
  2. On occasion there is a lending fee. This means that they will lend it, but only if you are willing to pay a fee. The majority of libraries will lend for free though.
  3. If you wait to the last minute, you may not get the book or article that you need when you need it. Don’t wait until the last minute to make a request. Many things we can get pretty quickly, but if you are writing a research paper, and you need one more resource and your paper is due in 3 days, it’s probably not going to get here in time.

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