The most commonly requested materials in the Library are books and journal articles. The first part of this page deals with locating books when you know the author or title, and the second part deals with locating a journal when you know the title and volume number of the journal you need.
If your book is either not located in the catalog or all copies are checked out, then search the I-Share catalog to see if one of the participating institutions has a copy for you to borrow. For more on searching the I-Share Catalog, and on Interlibrary Loan (step three below), watch our tutorial (click on the image to watch the video):
If the item is not available in the Illinois catalog and it is not available through I-Share, then your next stop will be Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. Login to Interlibrary Loan using your NetID and password. From the ILLiad main menu, select "Request a Book." Be sure to fill out as much of the form as possible. You'll be notifed by email when your item is ready to be picked up. For more on Interlibrary Loan, watch our tutorial in Step Two above (click on the image to watch the video).
When looking for a known-journal article, you will usually be working from a citation that might look something like the following:
Sanchez-Eppler, Karen, "Raising Empires Like Children: Race, Nation, and Religious Ecucation," American Literary History 8 (1996), no. 3: 399-425.
You should use the journal title (e.g., American Literary History), not the article title, to locate your copy.
Use the Library's Journal Locator to find a journal by its title. For more information on using the Journal Locator, watch our tutorial (click on the image to watch the video):
Step Two: Interlibrary Loan
If you were unable to find your journal article through the Journal Locator, then request the article through Interlibrary Loan. Make sure to choose "Request a photocopy". Interlibrary Loan will most likely deliver your article as a .pdf file to your email address.