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Finding Research Through InterLibrary Loan

Finding Research Through InterLibrary Loan

Last semester, I wrote an article about how to find your way around the Academic parts of MyGraceland because I had a lot of friends struggling to find the right information without spending hours searching the website. Now, I’ve decided to set aside time to navigate my way through a step-by-step process of how to find research through our library system – specifically dealing with InterLibrary Loan.

InterLibrary Loan does a lot of great things for students – finding books, music, and movies at other universities – but one of the most important parts of InterLibrary Loan is finding research: especially if you’re an upperclassman with a lot of research-based projects.

When you get online, go to library.graceland.edu.

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You will see this list of links on the left side of your screen, and I’m going to show you a few ways to find peer-reviewed articles that can help you through your research projects.

First, we are going to start by clicking on Research Databases. Graceland has connections to countless research databases, and many of them are specific to certain fields of study. For general purposes, I am going to stick with clicking on Academic Search Premier.

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Academic Search Premier has a very clear search engine and keeps track of the articles you have saved and the different citations you have marked.

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The “advanced search” on Academic Search Premier is what opens when you enter the site. You can choose to limit the dates of publication, the publication type, if there is a PDF version available, and many other options.

While researching for an essay, you normally have a paper topic in mind. I am writing an article review for an English Literature class currently, so I am going to search for “male intimacy and the great war”.

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I came up with three articles (results will vary for the detail you go into while searching), and the first one was the one I was looking for. I see that I can request this essay through InterLibrary Loan because there is no PDF version available for immediate download. I hit that link and it brings me to this page:

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The essay information can be seen in the second picture because you came from a research database, and the first picture shows the first half of the form. You need to fill out basic info like your name, student ID number, and email address so that the library can email you a PDF of the article after they request it from another library. Make sure that you check over all your information and that you identify the date you need this research material before hitting submit.

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Now we’re back to the beginning and going to click on the second highlighted link: InterLibrary Loan.

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There are many options to choose from when coming here, and if you are looking for research material like the average college student, you should hit the highlighted link on the right: Request an Article. This is best used when you already know what article that you want and where to find it.

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Like in the previous form, you need to fill out personal information like your name and email address, but you also have to fill in all the blanks about the essay that you are looking for in particular.

If you are researching and looking for general material, go through the research databases before you go straight to the InterLibrary Loan page so that you can have an idea of what you’re searching for before you go to request that article.

There are many research databases to search from, and they all work very similarly, so this should give you a basic idea about how to request InterLibrary Loan materials from the website.

If you have further questions about InterLibrary Loan or the library at Graceland University, email:

Carrie Wade: cwade@graceland.edu
Betsy Folkins: folkins@graceland.edu
Michael Beckner: msb1@graceland.edu
Joe Stouffer: stouffer@graceland.edu

Or go to the library during its open hours!

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday:  1 p.m. to 5 p.m

Sunday:  1 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Happy Searching!

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About Jenna Pitstick

Jenna Pitstick is a senior English and Film/Theatre double-major from outside Chicagoland. She's currently one of the editors of The Tower and is obsessed with memes, cats, and writing investigative journalism that makes people question what they really support and believe.

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