What does ILL mean?

ILL stands for Interlibrary Loan.  It is a process by which libraries obtain materials they don’t have from other libraries that do have them, so that an individual library doesn’t have to subscribe to every journal or buy every book for its collection.  This way, we can request articles for you that we don’t have full text for, and we can get them for you for free.

How do I make a request?

On the lower left side of A.T. Still Memorial Library Home page is a link titled Request an Article – Interlibrary Loan which contains instructions on how to request articles via InterLibrary Loan as well as provide forms for doing so for both the Arizona and Missouri branches of the Library.

What’s a citation?

A citation is the information that tells us what article you want and where we’ll find it.  It consists of the article’s author name, title, journal name, year of publication, volume and issue numbers, and the page numbers.  Another good piece of information to include is something called a PMID or UI.  That’s a number that helps pinpoint the article for us.  It is not always included in the information you might have about an article, but if it is, it simplifies the process if you include it in your request.

How long will it take for me to get an article?

Usually 1-3 business days from the time we receive your request.  This means, for instance, that if you send your request on a Friday evening, we won’t actually receive it till Monday morning.  But during the week, our turn-around times average about one-and-a-half days.

Do I have to come to the ATSMLib to pick up my article?

We will send you a PDF file of the article via email.


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