Requesting an interlibrary loan? You only get so many and you doubtless want it to arrive as soon as possible. Follow these top tips to get what you want as quickly as possible and make your interlibrary loan credits go further.
1. Find newspaper articles online
Find scanned searchable images of newspapers showing the layout and typography in the Times Digital Archive, Daily Mail Historical Archive, UK Press Online (the Daily Mirror and Daily Express),as well as 19th century newspapers. For many other worldwide newspapers, articles are available in text-only format for many newspapers going back to 1982 from Nexis UK. Lexis Library offers an easier interface for searching British newspapers. If you cannot find what you want, please ask us.
2. Check if we have what you want online or in print
Look for the article on the Discovery Service unticking all the boxes (Full text online, Available in Library collection and Catalogue only) under “Limit to” on the left-hand side. Many articles will be available online. Clicking “Find full text” and then “Search the Library catalogue” will show you if it is available in the Library as a printed book/journal (distance learners and part-time students living at a distance can request photocopies/loans by post). For items that are unavailable, clicking the “Interlibrary Loan” link will complete the request form for you, saving you time and ensuring all the details are correct.
3. Tell us everything you know
If you cannot find the item through the Discovery Service, you will need to fill out the interlibrary loan form manually. Please include all the information you have available and check it against the details given on the journal provider’s website if possible. Please include the full title for journals and not an abbreviation. You can find the full titles for journals with their abbreviations on this journal list from Web of Science. Please remember it is the full title you need to enter on the request form!
Follow these steps and you will get the information you need as quickly as possible and may make your interlibrary loan credits go a lot further.
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