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How can I get an article that is from a journal that Holy Cross does not have?

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If you need an article from a journal (or a specific issue of a journal) that Holy Cross does not have, you can request that we get a copy from another library using Interlibrary Loan. You can view a quick video introduction to Interlibrary Loan here:   HC Libs Survival Guides #3: Making the Most of Interlibrary Loan

There are several different options for requesting articles through Interlibrary Loan.* You can log into ILLiad Interlibrary Loan and fill out a form to request the article. Or, in some databases, you will see a purple "HC Check for Full Text" button next to articles that the database does not have the full text for. If you click on this button, our link resolver system will connect you to the full text of the article if it is available in another Holy Cross database. If the article is not available in another Holy Cross database, you'll see a page with several options, including "Interlibrary Loan Request - ILLiad Request This Item." If you click on the "Request This Item" link, you'll be able to log into ILLiad and fill out a form to request the article. 

* Before requesting an article, please verify that the library does not own this article in print or online. Check the catalog to find the journal in print or in electronic format by searching for the title of the journal (not the title of the article). If Dinand or the Music Library has the journal in print, copy down the Call Number and look for the journal just as you would look for a book by Call Number. If the Science Library has a journal in print, you can find the journal in the west end of the Science Library where the Science journals are shelved separately from books. The Science Library's journals are shelved alphabetically by journal title.

If the catalog does not produce positive results, check the Electronic Journals List by searching for the title of the journal name (not the article title). If we do not have the journal article online or in print, you will want to make an Interlibrary Loan request.