Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 35

Not every article listed in our databases will be available directly online. Sometimes the library has them in other databases, sometimes in physical copy in the library and sometimes we don't have it at all. To check to see if IUP owns or has access to any particular journal, you just need to check the PILOT online catalog. In many of the databases there is a link with each cition that says "Check PILOT for Holdings". Clicking that link will instruct the system to perform a search in the PILOT catalog for that journal title. If IUP owns or has electronic access to a title, there will be a record in our catalog. If there is no link to the catalog or if you want to search it directly, just go to the Library Home Page (, and then click on the "Online Catalog" link. This will take you directly to PILOT. Once connected to PILOT, select the "Journal Title Search" option and enter the title of the journal in the "Search For" box. Make sure it is the JOURNAL title and not the ARTICLE title. Then click "Search". If IUP has a physical copy of the title, there will be a record in the catalog that gives a call number or says "Serials Department". If you open the full record, there will be a note at the bottom that says "Library Has" and records the years and volumes the library owns, and where they are located. Most of the physical journals are located on the ground floor of Stapleton Library. If IUP has electronic access to the title, there will be a "Linked Resources" note that indicates the years covered and which database has those materials. Just click on the linked note to go to that database and then follow the prompts on the screen to get to exact article you need. If the title your are looking for is not in the catalog at all, we can try to get it for you from another library. To initiate that process, you need to enter an Interlibrary Loan request. The system we use is called ILLIAD. You can find ILLIAD by going to the Library Home Page, clicking on "Books and More" and then selecting the "ILLIAD(Interlibrary Loan)" option. This will take you to the ILLIAD login page. In order to make requests on ILLIAD, you must be a registered user with a user name and password. If you don't already have an account, just click on the "First Time Users" link. This will take you to a page that explains the system and that has a "First Time Users Click Here" button at the bottom. Click that button to get the registration page. On the registration page, enter your contact information (including your user ID and password) and then click "Submit". As soon as you submit, you'll be immediately registered and able to make requests. The system will take you to the main ILLAID menu. On the main ILLAID menu, you have the option to "Request a Photocopy" (used for articles or individual book chapters), or "Request a Book". Select the appropriate form and enter as much information about the item you need as you can. Once you submit the request, our staff will contact a library that has the material and request a copy for you. Most of our partner libraries are scanning requested articles and sending us an electronic copy of the text. If we receive an electronic copy, we will forward that to your e-mail address. If we receive a physical copy of the material, we'll send you an e-mail notification and you'll be able to pick it up at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library. The average turnaround time for Interlibrary Loan is 3-6 working days. We will always e-mail you when we've received material or if we get notification that the material is unavailable.

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