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Using ILL to Supplement Library Resources

February 03, 2010
You find a reference to a book or an article that is on point for a seminar paper – but it isn’t at Biddle, on campus, or available as a pdf. Do you give up in defeat and look for a substitute resource that you can get on campus? Your topic is somewhat obscure and a search of LOLA and Franklin by subject or keyword just doesn’t give you the “right” hits. Are you resigned to look for a new topic?
The answer to both questions is “No!” You have a valuable resource available to you that can solve both problems – the WorldCat database with FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan functions.
 
OCLC WorldCat
 
WorldCat is a database of titles owned by over 10,000 libraries around the world, with over 1.4 billion items available through interlibrary loan (ILL). What is ILL? ILL is a service offered by Biddle that enables you to get articles and borrow books not available on campus. It’s an easy-to-use online service that not only lets you request items that you already know about, but also has search capabilities to identify unknown materials through subject and keyword searches.
To get started click “Library” on the Goat page, and then click “Interlibrary Loan” in the left column. This takes you to the ILL summary page with a link to the step-by-step process for placing an ILL request https://common.law.upenn.edu/bll/WebPages/ILLSearching.aspx. (The directions explain that you will first need to use Infotrieve if you are looking for an article, but Infotrieve is easy to use and much like shopping online.)
 
Here is the search screen for FirstSearch:
 
WorldCat Advanced Search

 

Search in database:
WorldCat  (Updated: 2010-01-27)
OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide
Search for:
Keyword Access Method Accession Number Author      Author Phrase      Corporate and Conference Name      Corporate and Conference Name Phrase      Personal Name      Personal Name Phrase Language Phrase Material Type Material Type Phrase Musical Composition Musical Composition Phrase Notes/Comments Publisher Publisher Location Standard Number      ISBN      ISSN Subject      Subject Phrase      Descriptor      Genre/Form      Geographic Coverage      Named Corporation and Conference      Named Person Title      Title Phrase      Series Title
and and or not
Keyword Access Method Accession Number Author      Author Phrase      Corporate and Conference Name      Corporate and Conference Name Phrase      Personal Name      Personal Name Phrase Language Phrase Material Type Material Type Phrase Musical Composition Musical Composition Phrase Notes/Comments Publisher Publisher Location Standard Number      ISBN      ISSN Subject      Subject Phrase      Descriptor      Genre/Form      Geographic Coverage      Named Corporation and Conference      Named Person Title      Title Phrase      Series Title
and and or not
Keyword Access Method Accession Number Author      Author Phrase      Corporate and Conference Name      Corporate and Conference Name Phrase      Personal Name      Personal Name Phrase Language Phrase Material Type Material Type Phrase Musical Composition Musical Composition Phrase Notes/Comments Publisher Publisher Location Standard Number      ISBN      ISSN Subject      Subject Phrase      Descriptor      Genre/Form      Geographic Coverage      Named Corporation and Conference      Named Person Title      Title Phrase      Series Title
Limit to:
Year  
 (format: YYYY-YYYY)
Language 
No Limit Arabic Bulgarian Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English French German Greek, Modern [1453- ] Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latin Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Other  Show all languages …
Number of Libraries 
All 5 or more 50 or more 500 or more
 
Limit type to:
match any of the following
Books
Serial Publications
Articles
Visual Materials
Sound Recordings
Musical Scores
Computer Files
Archival Materials
Maps
Internet Resources
Continually Updated Resources
 
Subtype limits
Any Audience Juvenile not Juvenile Any Content Fiction not Fiction Biography Thesis/dissertation Musical recording Non-musical recording Any Format Large print Braille Manuscript Microform not Microform ———– CD audio Cassette recording LP recording VHS tape / Videocassette DVD video / Videodisc
Limit availability to:
match any of the following
Items in my library (PLL, UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA, LAW LIBR)
Library Code Find codes …
Rank by:
Number of Libraries Relevance Date Accession Number

 

Input your information – such as keyword, title, author, or subject – and select the appropriate category from the pull-down menu. You can further refine your search by using the limiters including year, language, and format type, such as books, or serial publications for journal titles.
 
From your result screen select a title for more detailed information. Is it something you would like to read? If you know it’s not available in Biddle or on campus, you can place your ILL request. Just click the ILL button located in the upper left of the screen.

 

Find preferred subjects
Subjects
Libraries with item
Libraries
Interlibrary Loan 
ILL
E-mail
E-mail
Print - Detailed Record formatted for printing
Print
Export
Export
Help
Help

 

Fill in your name, email and status. If the item is in Biddle, or on campus but not available for you to use, just note the reason in the Comments box (for example signed out, not on shelf). Click “Submit” and you have placed your ILL request.  When it arrives, usually in 5-10 days, you will receive an email telling you how to retrieve your material. Copies are yours to keep; books must be returned by the due date on the book band, or a renewal requested by following the directions. While we try to get every item requested through ILL, there are times that we are just unable to locate a library that can supply it to us. When that happens we will contact you. 
 
Give ILL a try – it’s a great way to supplement the resources available on campus. If you have any questions, contact Merle Slyhoff, Collection Development & Resource Sharing Librarian, T-212, mslyhoff@law.upenn.edu.

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