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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2020     Views: 39

We do offer a service called Interlibrary Loan (ILL), which allows us to request articles and other materials for our patrons from other libraries.

When you look at the item record in a database, if TCC has full text access to that journal in that database, you'll see an obvious link to full text (it will say PDF Full TextHTML Full Text , or View Full Text). If you don't see something like that, you'll probably see a link that says something like Find Full Text at TCC Library. Clicking that link forces the system to check our holdings, and if full text is available, you might land on a page with links to the full text.

This is an example of what that might look like in an EBSCO database:

example of find ful ltext @ TCC Library screenshot

If TCC does have access to it in another database, the new landing page will tell you where to access it: 

screenshot that presents link for access

If TCC does not have access to that publication through any other databases, you can check on "Print copies at your library" or, you may be prompted to put in an ILL request for the item. 

highlights ILL button

The form for requesting should pre-populate most of the fields. It's a good idea to double check the fields to be sure the journal title, article title, volume, issue and date match the record you found in the database or what you know about the article. After double checking that, and your TCC email address, submit the request.

You'll be notified by email when the article is available for viewing. You can check on the status of ILL requests as well through the catalog. Learn how to do that here.

To be clear, we don't guarantee that we can get every item depends upon the lending policies of the libraries who have online access to the article.

Please don't hesitate to contact our ILL department if you have additional questions by emailing