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Step by Step: Interlibrary Loan: How to Request an Article

Interlibrary Loan Articles Basics

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If you can't access full-text of an article, use Interlibrary Loan to get your article (free)! 

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) also provides scans of chapters/articles held in the Pacific U Libraries in print.
  • Requests can be submitted online via ILLiad or directly through the catalog from databases.
  • Articles usually arrive in 2-3 days and you will receive an email when your article (PDF) is available.
  • Interlibrary Loan is always free for all currently enrolled or employed Pacific students, faculty, and staff!

If it's your first time using ILLiad, you will be prompted to fill out a short, one-time registration form when you login using your PUNet ID. 

If your question isn't answered here, please contact us: | 503-352-1413

Quick Tip for Full Text/PDF

Full text/PDF links can appear in many different ways in our databases. As you're looking for articles, here are some commonly used symbols to watch for. Interlibrary Loan is always here to help anytime you can't access full text, but if you can find it in our databases that's a faster way!various icons of PDFs/full text in Pacific databases.

How to Request an Article

How to request an article in ILLiad:

  1. Find the citation for your item.
  2. If you want an article or book chapter, go to the article request form.
  3. Sign in with your PUNet ID.
    1. On your first login only, you'll be asked for basic account information.
  4. Use your citation to fill in (continued below screenshot):
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    • Article author(s)
    • Article title
    • Journal/book title
    • Volume
    • Issue
    • Year
    • Pages
    • And any additional information you'd like us to know
  5. Press Submit Request.
  6. We'll email you when your request is ready (usually 2-3 days). You'll need to log back in to get your article (PDF).

Don't worry if you can't fill out every box in the form. The more information we have, the quicker we can fill requests, but we'll still try to find your article if some fields are blank. Please feel free to include any additional information to help us process requests in "Notes."