When reviewing articles and books, or even searching the Internet, you might come across citations for other articles that you'd like to see.
To find out if the Library has the article, use the Journals A-Z tab on the Library website, and search for the journal name (not the name of the article).
This will tell you whether or not the Library subscribes to the journal, and in what format (paper, microform, or electronically through a different database), and for what years it is available.
If you find that we own the journal you need, compare the year of the article to the options presented, and use the rest of your citation as a guide to locate the full article.
If we don't have an article at all, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (see below).
If, on the other hand, you see that the article is only available in a WPUNJ format (WPUNJ Print, WPUNJ Microfilm, or WPUNJ Microfiche), complete an Article Request Form to have us digitize it for you!.
*** Before using your credit card to pay for articles online, be sure to contact the Library to see if we can get it for you, for free!
As you become engaged in your research, you may uncover books and articles not available at the Cheng Library.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service provided by the library, where we obtain, whenever possible, materials not available in our collection, for educational and research purposes. This can include, but is not limited to, books, journal articles, documents, and audio-visual materials, although there are some exceptions (textbooks, archival material, etc.). Materials are obtained from other libraries, both in this country and throughout the world.
To place a request for an item NOT owned by Cheng Library, login to the Interlibrary Loan & Article Request portal. Select the appropriate form to complete. Article requests will generally be available in the portal within 24 hours. Book requests take longer 3-10 days and you will need to pick up the book at Cheng Library.
For Book Chapters and Articles that the Library only has in a physical format (paper, microform, etc.), you can also place an Article Copy request. We will scan the materials in-house and make it available to you within 48 hours.
The portal also allows you to check the status of your requests. For additional information, please watch the tutorial below or visit the Interlibrary Loan Services page.
In some databases, like RILM, you'll find items that are not actually articles, but books or book chapters. When this is the case, use the Books & Media search to see if the Cheng Library owns the book. If it is not something we own, use an Interlibrary Loan request to get it from another Library!
If you find a book in our collection that you need, but only need certain sections, you can request that we scan a chapter or two for you, instead of making the trip to campus.
Some books in our Books & Media search will include a Contents section, with the different chapters listed (example). But, in cases where this is not available, you can use services like Amazon or WorldCat.org to find chapter information!
Not finding what you need, or need help requesting a Book Chapter? Contact us!