ILL Verification

To avoid delays in obtaining the article or book you need, please review the following steps for verifying your citation before requesting the item on Interlibrary loan (ILL).


Journal Articles

Is there a difference in searching for print vs. electronic journals?

No. You may search for journals (in any format) using the E-Journal Portal. Links to any print journals will take you to more detailed holdings in the Forest Library Catalog. If you are only looking for a print journal, then you can search by journal title in the Forest Library Catalog.


How can I tell if full text is available for my article?

In EBSCO databases, look first for the HTML or PDF icon in a library database record. This indicates that the full text of an article can be downloaded immediately.
 
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If there is no HTML or PDF Full Text link, then first click on the Check Forest for Full Text link. You won't know if we can access the full text until you click on the link.

If the Check Forest for Full Text link did not show any available full text options, then return to the EBSCO results page and click the Check Google Scholar for Full Text link.

Finally, if there is no full text available through Google Scholar, then create an ILL request for the article by clicking the link.










Is my journal article in a foreign language?

In EBSCO, check the Language Field in a library database record to make sure the item you are requesting is in English. An English abstract does NOT mean the original article is in English. In the future, consider limiting your database search to English language-only results.












How article languages are displayed varies from database to database. Here are a few of the most frequently seen indicators that an article is in another language:
  • There are brackets around an English title
  • Title is written in the foreign language or written in multiple languages
  • The language is written in brackets at the end of the title
  • The language is indicated inside the database record


Books and Grey Literature

How can I tell if my article is a book chapter?

In EBSCO databases, when you locate a book or book chapter, a book icon will appear next to the citation (see image below). If your citation states that the article is "IN" a publication, then this is another indication that the citation is most likely a book chapter. If this is the case, you will need to search for the book that contains the chapter.

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How do I verify books and book chapters?


First, click on the Check SWAN Catalog link to determine if the book can be requested by you. If the title is not available in SWAN, check the MOBIUS catalog next. Request the item in the MOBIUS Catalog if it is available.


Next, if the item cannot be requested via SWAN or MOBIUS, then click on the Check Google Scholar for Full Text link to see if the chapter is available through Google.


Finally, if no full text is available through Google Scholar, click on the link for Create ILL Request.


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How can I tell the difference between a book and a dissertation in a database?

In EBSCO databases, when you locate a dissertation, a Dissertation/Thesis icon will appear next to the citation (see image below). You can also check the Publication Type in the library database record to determine if your citation is for a dissertation. You may be unaware that what you want to request is a dissertation instead of a journal article or a book.


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In the future, consider excluding dissertations from your database search if you are NOT interested in citations for dissertations.


However, if you want the dissertation, you can verify it by clicking on the Check Google Scholar for Full Text link. If no full text is available through Google Scholar, then click the link to create an ILL request for the dissertation.