When you are researching your topic in Primo and you come across an article that we do not have access to, don’t forget to check Google Scholar!
You can find the link to Google Scholar right on the article’s request page. Instead of clicking on the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Search in Google Scholar” link.
If your item is available in Google Scholar, you will see an item listed to the right of the results. Always click on the link to make sure the ENTIRE article is available. If it is, there is no need to submit that interlibrary loan request. The article is all yours for the taking!
If you still have questions, please let one of our staff members know and we will be happy to help.
Don’t forget to check out this other handy and helpful tip to link our Lewis Library catalog to your Google Scholar search!
You can now borrow from over 91 libraries in Illinois. All you have to do is login to I-Share with your Lewis credentials (same as MyLewis).
Click on “All I-Share Libraries” and search for your item. Click on the title of your item, and scroll down to the “How to Get It” section.
You will see all of the institutions that have that item. Click on the arrow to the right of I-Share and a form will appear.
Verify that the information is correct and click on “Send Request.” That’s it! Your request has been submitted. If you want to check on the status of your request, renew your loans, or check on fines/fees, etc. you can click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen and select “My Library Card.”
We don’t recommend requesting textbooks via I-Share, as many textbooks are not lend-able by other institutions, and loan periods are usually only one month tops with no renewals.
It can be supremely frustrating when you think you’ve found the most perfect article for your project, but then you find out there is a PAYWALL.
Don’t go full Vader just yet! There is Interlibrary Loan. And? It’s FREE!
You just need to look up your article in our new Primo discovery tool (make sure you have selected the “Expand My Results” check box in the upper left corner of the screen. Then select the permalink for your article and click “Request Article via Interlibrary Loan form” at the top of your screen.
It will look like this:
Then simply fill out the form as completely as you can. You should receive your article or chapter for FREE within 3-5 business days!
Primo is your Lewis Library’s new discovery tool. Our librarian Kelley Plass has put together a fantastic research guide full of hints, tips, and videos to help guide you in learning the ins and outs of this fantastic new tool.