Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 29

First, you should check to make sure that the text of the articles are not already available through the library.  To do that, you need to check the PILOT online catalog.  Go to the Library Home Page ( and click on the "Online Catalog" link.  Once connected to PILOT, select the "Journal  Title Search" option and enter the title of the journal (not the article title) in the "Search For" box.  Then click "Search."  If IUP owns or has electronic access to a journal, there will be an entry in the catalog.  If the search returns more than one hit, just select the title you need to get the full record.

For journals that the library owns in physical copy, the full catalog record will have a note about holdings that shows the volumes and years the library has and where the materials are located.  Most of the locations are on the ground floor of Stapleton Library.  If the library has access to electronic copies, there will be a "Linked Resources" note that lists the database that has that content and the years covered.  Those notes are hot-linked, so if the coverage includes the date you need, you can just click on the note to go to the appropriate database.  Then just follow the prompts on the screen to navigate to the article you need.

If the library does not own or have electronic access to a journal, we can still get a copy for you through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.  On the Library Home Page, click on the "Interlibrary Loan" link.  We have two request services - PALCI, which is used for requesting books and ILLIAD, used primarily for articles.

Select the "ILLIAD" link and then you will be asked to log in.  In order to request articles, youi must be a registered user of the system.  If you don't already have a user ID and password, 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, give us your contact information and specify your user ID and password.  Once you click "Submit" you will be immediately registered and can then log in to make requests.

On the main ILLIAD page, you have several options for making requests.  "Request a Photocopy" is used for articles or individual book chapters.  You can also "Request a Book" or "Request a Video".  Just select the appropriate form and then enter as much information as you have about that item.  Once you "Submit" your request, our staff will research to the title to find a library that owns the material and contact them to send a copy to IUP.

Most of our partner libraries are scanning articles and sending them to us electronically.  If that happens, you'll receive e-mail notification that is has arrived and then you'll log back into ILLIAD.  On the main menu, there is an option to "View Electronicall Received Articles".  Click that link to see your article and then you'll be able to download, print or save the materal.

If we receive a physical item from the lending library, you will also receive e-mail notification and you can then come to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library to pick up the material.  If it is something that must be returned to the lending library (such as book), we'll check it out to you just like IUP material. 

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