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The most commonly requested materials in the Library are books and journal articles. The first part of this page deals with locating books, and the second part deals with locating journal articles.
Finding Articles at the University Library
Finding Online Reference Sources
Step One: Online Library Catalog
Search for books in the quick search when you know either the title or the name of the author. For more on searching the Online Catalog, watch our tutorial (click on the image to watch the video):
Step Two: I-Share
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):
Step Three: Interlibrary Loan
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).