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Answered By Library Staff
Last Updated: May 08, 2020     Views: 21

It is recommended that you find the item using a Discovery Catalog Search and have it prompt you to ILL. Many times, the library actually owns the material and you can just place a hold on it.

NOTE: If you are searching for an article in a specific database, sometimes it will say we do not have it, because it does not know we have it in another database. The Discovery Catalog will be able to tell which database has a journal title and therefore the article you are seeking. 

Do a search for the material and, if it is not held by TCC, it will say "Held by other libraries worldwide" instead of "Held by Tulsa Community College Library." 

Tricks for finding the item you are looking for are: 

  • Search by ISBN to be taken directly to the edition to request (you can pull ISBNs from Amazon or Google Books). 
  • Use the limiters in Discovery on the left hand side after searching 
  • If it is an article, try placing the title in quotation marks so that it searches as a phrase. If the title contains a colon, hyphen, or something else, you might try leaving it off the end of the quotation, or making quotation marks around the punctuation 

Click on the hyperlinked title in the results list. If we do not have the item, it will present a blue "Interlibrary Loan" button that you can click.


It will take you to a form where the item information should populate, though you can make changes as needed. Specify your pickup location. 

If this method does not work, you can manually place a request using the link found on this page