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Find an Article Outside of UIUC

Quick Help

Login to your ILLIAD account.

Click on "Photocopy" under the "New Requests" heading and fill out the form.

You will receive an email when your article is ready to download from ILLIAD.

Are you having trouble locating a journal article? If you answer "yes" to the two questions below, you are eligible to request the article through our Interlibrary Loan service.

  1. Did you check the  Online Journals & Databases to see if your article is available online? 
  2. Did you check the online catalog to see if the title is available in print? If it is, you have two choices: a) Use one of the many scanners available in the library or b) get yourself a copy card and make a photocopy of the article at the departmental library where the journal is located.

If your article is not available online AND the University Library does not have a print copy (e.g. we don't subscribe to that title, that issue is missing, undergoing maintenance, etc.), you may use our Interlibrary Loan service.

How to use Interlibrary Loan to request an article

1. Go to the Interlibrary Loan page and click Login to My ILLiad Account:

Interlibrary Loan page

2. Enter your NetID and Active Directory password when prompted.

3. After you've successfully logged in, click Photocopy under the "New Request" heading:

Requesting a photocopy from ILLIAD screen

4. Fill out the starred fields on the request form, including any additional information you think may be helpful in the Notes field:

Request form

5. Double-check citation details and click Submit Request when finished.

Important to note:

  • This service is free for Illinois faculty and students in cases when the University Library doesn't own a particular journal title (or a needed volume or issue thereof), or if the Illinois copy is currently unavailable.
  • It can take 7-10 days (but usually less) to obtain a copy, and you'll receive an email at your Illinois address when the article is available for you to download as a pdf file. Get Adobe Reader.
  • For copyright reasons, this service should only be used for requesting copies of single articles, not entire issues or volumes of a journal.

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