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Environmental Science and Studies Research Guide

This guide serves all of Iowa State's environmental programs as well as the many courses that share themes of sustainability, resource management, and environmental awareness.

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery (ILL/DD)

You can get access to books and articles not owned by the University Library or order scans of items the library owns in print through ILL/DD.

Did you know?

  • Articles and book chapters are delivered as downloadable PDFs and may arrive in as little as 2-hours.
  • Books are shipped by mail and you should expect delivery time to be in days, not hours.
  • If the ISU copy of a book is checked out you can order another copy through ILL!

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How to Order Articles

Instructions for the two most common ways to order articles as well as tips for fast processing are below.

Using Quick Search:

This method only works if your article is included in Quick Search. If you can't find the article then use the ILLiad method.

 

  1. Search for the article's title in Quick Search (hint: setting Material Type to "Articles" may help).
  2. Click the title of the article to open record view.
  3. Scroll down to the View It section and click the Request through InterLibrary Loan link. 
  4. Sign into InterLibrary Loan with your ISU Net-ID and password.
    • If this is your first time using ILL then you will need to complete your profile. You may need to close the window for ILLiad, (the ILL system), and reclick the link in step 3 after completing your profile.
  5. The request form should be automatically filled out for you. Review it to make sure it is accurate then click Submit Request. You'll receive an email when your article is ready.

Using ILLiad (the ILL system)

  1. Sign into ILLiad with your ISU Net-ID and password.
    • If this is your first time using ILL then you will need to complete your profile.
  2. Click Article under the New Request menu.
  3. Fill out the form with as much information as possible.
  4. Review the form and click Submit Request. You'll receive an email when your article is ready.

Get your ILL article FAST!

  • Include as much information as possible, especially if you think it may be hard to track down.
  • Include the publishing journal's ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) in the request. You can usually locate a journal's ISSN on the journal's homepage.
  • Include the article's DOI (Digital Object Identifier). DOI's all start with "10." and may be included in citations, on the publishing journal's website, and in databases.

How to Order Books

  1. Search for the book you want to order in WorldCat.
  2. Click the title of the book you want to order to open the record for that book.

On Campus

  • Click the Illiad link in the green-bordered "Iowa State Univ network" box.
  • Login to Illiad (the ILL system) with your net-ID and password to complete your request.
  • Click Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when the book is ready for pickup.

Off-Campus

  1. In a new window, log into Interlibrary Loan with your net-ID and password.
  2. In the left menu click Book under the New Request menu.
  3. Fill out as much as the form as possible (consult the Worldcat record you opened in step 2).
  4. Click Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when the book is ready for pickup.

How to Order Book Chapters

Ordering a book chapter is very similar to placing an order for a book as you must submit information on both the book and the chapter. However, you cannot order directly from WorldCat as book chapters are not indexed there.

  1. In a new window, log into Interlibrary Loan with your net-ID and password.
  2. In the left menu click Book Chapter under the New Request menu.
  3. Fill out as much as the form as possible.
  4. Click Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when it is available.
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