Scholarly journal articles are some of the most-used resources students seek when conducting research and writing papers. With more than 60,000 electronic journals and nearly 12,000 print serials subscriptions across campus, these resources are abundant, current, reliable sources that are easy to access – most of the time. What happens when you can’t find a link to an electronic journal that we should have access to? What does it mean when something is in the ALF? What do all these dates, links, and database names mean? Sometimes figuring out what kind of access and holdings the library has for certain journal titles can be a tricky business. This blog post should help make finding that one perfect article a little easier.
Let’s say you’ve found a citation for an article from 1995 in the journal Leisure Studies, but aren’t able to access the article through IUCat or OneSearch. One way to find this article is to search for it by name. The Libraries provide a page where you can search for specific journals by title. A search for Leisure Studies gives you these results:
According to this information, the library only has this title available online full-text from 1997 to present. If you want an article between these dates, all you have to do is click on the “Taylor & Francis Online” link and you’ll have instant access to all issues of this title the library currently subscribes to.
Your citation, however, is for an article from 1995, so your online access is denied. Never fear, all hope is not lost!
Your next step is to check IUCat for print holdings. On the IUCat search screen, click “Begins With (Browse)” on the right-hand column. You can then search Leisure Studies as a periodical title.
Leisure Studies will be your second search result. If you click on this title, then click on the entry for “Leisure studies : the journal of the Leisure Studies Association,” you will see the catalog record. This catalog entry tells you which years and volumes the library owns in print, as well as where they are located on campus. If you scroll down, you will find that you can access your article from 1995 by going to the HPER library where it is currently available in print.
Great news! If you’re interested in older issues from 1982-1994, you can request to have the issue sent to Wells Library from the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF). More information about this process can be found at the “Request from ALF page.”
What happens if you can’t find the article full-text online or in print through IUCat? There’s always the option of an Interlibrary Loan! If you request an ILL, a library that owns the item will send it to IU, where you can access it digitally or print it at your convenience. The length of time required for this service varies, but generally, articles are accessible within 3-5 business days. How do you request an ILL? It’s simple. First, find the link that says “IU Link – Check for Availability,” like this.
You will see this screen, where you can click “Request the item via IU-Bloomington Document Delivery Service (ILL).
From there, just login with your IU username and passphrase, fill out the request form, and voila! The article will soon be yours!
Hopefully these tips will make it a little easier to find the perfect article for that research paper or project. If you get stuck, please don’t hesitate to Ask a Librarian. Happy researching!