Need Access to Full-Text? You Have Options.

The library provides access to many articles and books in print and online. Most of the time, you can access the full-text of an article or e-book immediately through one of our several databases. While we do our best to provide you with immediate access to thousands of online materials, there are still times when access is unavailable. This can be for several reasons: the journal or book is not available online; the library doesn’t have a subscription to a particular journal; the publisher doesn’t allow full-text articles to be available for at least a year, and many more. Despite all of these reasons, you do have options available to you that may give you the access you need. This post will discuss two services that the library offers to you for free, Get It Now and Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Get It Now is a convenient new service offered by the library. There are often times when you are searching a database and you come across an article that, after reading the abstract, you feel would be absolutely perfect for your paper or project. Unfortunately, the database you are currently using doesn’t have the full-text, and there isn’t a link to the full-text in a related database. Before, when this would happen, your only option would be to request the article via Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan is a great service, and we’ll talk more about that later, but it can take quite awhile before you have access to the item you want to use. With Get It Now, you can often have the article within just a couple of hours. We’ve even seen it as soon as 5 minutes. Now, this is only available for journal articles and sometimes it’s still not an option, but for the articles that you can request using this service, it is easy to do. Say you are using our OneSearch box on the library homepage, and you come across an article that isn’t immediately available in full-text format. There will be a link that says “Check for Full Text.” After clicking that link, if it is available, you will select “Let us find it for you! Get It Now – Request Article for Free Delivery by Email within 8 Hours.” This link will then take you to a page to submit the request. All you have to do is provide your email, agree to the Terms and Conditions, and then hit Accept. Your request will go through and you should receive the article in your email within a couple of hours. Pretty neat, right?

Even with Get It Now, there will still be times that the article will not be available quite as easily. You still have the option of using Interlibrary Loan or ILL. ILL allows you to request not only articles, but books as well. When you put in an ILL request, we search other libraries across the country to see if they have the item you need and if they are willing the lend it out. ILL is only for articles that you absolutely cannot access via one of the library’s databases, or for books that are not owned by the library and cannot be requested through OhioLINK or SearchOhio. Keep in mind that ILL can take some time for items to arrive, especially print materials, so start your research early enough to allow for delivery. Also, many institutions have strict lending policies and may not be willing to provide the materials. ILL is still a great option to consider, especially if the item you need is crucial to your paper or project and it is easy to do. For an article, requesting via ILL is very similar to Get It Now. If you come across an article that is only available via ILL, after clicking “Check for Full Text,” you will then select “Let us find it for you – Borrow item from another library (Interlibrary Loan).” Clicking the link will take you to a form to fill out and submit. For books that you may discover or hear about during your research, you can fill out the library’s Interlibrary Loan form. (Note: Interlibrary Loan cannot be used to request textbooks.) Be sure to read our Interlibrary Loan policy to learn more about what other items are not available via ILL and other info such as the length of a loan and renewals.

We hope these services will connect you to the materials you need to be a successful Franklin student. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.