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interlibrary-loan: Check Availability First

   Sign in to ILLiad

The first time you sign in, you will be asked to fill out a registration form. Please fill it out completely and use an email address that you check frequently since that is how ILLiad will communicate with you.

Your login information is the same as your SUU username and password.

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   Check Availability First

Please check the SUU Sherratt Library catalog and online databases before submitting an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. We may already own the item that you are looking for, and it can save you the time and effort of submitting a request by going through the databases first.

For books: try searching the SUU Sherratt Library Catalog.

For articles only: try searching the journal title via the SUU Sherratt Library Journal Finder.

Please note: The purpose of interlibrary loan is to provide students and faculty resources for their personal research needs that are not owned by the Sherratt Library. 

The library will not fill ILL requests for textbooks that are currently being used in classes. However, we may have your textbook on 2-hour reserve at the Check Out desk on the 1st floor of the library.

Electronic books (ebooks) are not able to be requested through interlibrary loan.

Putting in a Request

Putting in a Request

Once you have selected the proper form type for your item, the rest is as simple as copying and pasting the information from wherever you found the source to the required fields in the form.

The required fields are listed as (required) but the more information you provide the easier it will be for the library staff to locate the requested article.

One option that is absolutely crucial is to make sure you have actually searched in other locations for the article. The reason this is so important is that if you find it elsewhere, it means you have instant access to it, rather than having to wait those 1-3 days. The places to look include Find Journal by Title and Google Scholar. 

ILL form question: Have you checked the Full Text Journal Finder or Google Scholar to see if this article is available from the SUU Library?

details on how to use Full Text Journal Finder and Google Scholar to double check if the library has access to a publication or article, please scroll further down the page.


Note to Katharine: Can you make the bolded 'Full Text Journal Finder' and 'Google Scholar' words above anchor links to where they will jump the user to the below content? 


Requesting While Searching

The Interlibrary Loan software is integrated with the library databases Full Text Seeker feature so that if the library does not have the article you are interested in, it will link directly to the appropriate request form and autofill the information in from the indexed article you found.

Availble options in EBSCO databases including HTML full text, PDF full text, and full text seeker.As you are searching in any ESBCO database (which is most of them) you will see how each of the items are available: PDF Full Text, HTML Full Text, a link to a specific database (such as Education Full Text), or the Full Text Seeker option.

Full Text Seeker doesn't always mean that we don't have that particular article. It just means that the database you are looking in doesn't have the full text. But, Full Text Seeker will try and find it in all of the databases at the library. If another database has it, it will list all the options where it is available. If the library doesn't have full text access anywhere, it will have a link for an Interlibrary Loan Request.

 The best part of this method is that it will autofill the information in, which saves you some time copying and pasting. It's much quicker, since you are usually in the databases when you find an article we have the index for but not the full text.

Find Journals by Title

Find Journals by Title

Find Journals by Title (or Full Text Journal Finder) is helpful for catching anything that was missed by the Full Text Seeker. The way to search with this tool is to search for the publication title rather than the article title. You can find that by looking at the details below the title in the results list. The publication title will sometimes be italicized, but will always be after the author's names there.

Journal title results list

Or, if you click on the article title to get to the detailed record, the journal title will be listed first in the Source line.

Journal title detailed record where title is located in the source field   

Copy this journal/magazine/newspaper title (aka the publication title) and search for that in the Find Journals by Title. If the library has any access to that publication at all, then it will list where you can access it, and also provide a search box to search within that publication. You can then search for the article title.

Be sure to pay attention to where it is available as well as the date range of access. In this example, the Journal can be accessed in several different databases, but the access is only in the range of 1975 to 2004. In this case, that means the SUU library does not have access to this specific article, since it was published in 2018.

Find journal by title search results

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a good tool to double check with, because it can search a wider spread of the internet for a specific article to see if it is available for free anywhere, and if you have it linked to the SUU library, it will search to see if it is available there as well.

Another convenient feature of Google Scholar is that it searches exactly like the rest of Google, so you can search a whole article title without the problems that databases sometimes have with case sensitivity, too many words, and punctuation differences.

Google Scholar search box

Usually, searching for the title will bring up the actual article. If the article is full text accessible, it will show how and where to the right. However, these options are not always free. If the article is full text available at SUU, it will also show that to the right.

Google Scholar results  

Linking Google Scholar to Your Library


If you have Google Scholar linked to the SUU library, it will tell you whether or not the article is available through the library and link directly to it. You will still have to sign in the mySUU portal to access the articles.

Google Scholar menu

To link to the library, go to the three bars menu button on the top left, by the Google Scholar logo and select Settings.  

Goolge Scholra Settings Library Links menuThen, select Library links from the settings menu.

This will take you to a search bar where you can search and link to any library that you have access to. This can be any library where you have an account, since it still requires the login to access the materials. 

Be sure to check the SUU box and press Save to complete the linking process.

Library Access Links search box where you type in Southern Utah University

Once you have the library linked, it will show up on in the results if the article is available at SUU.

Full text access via SUU link will display in Google Scholar when SUU has access to an article


Click on the "Full text access via SUU" link to be taken to a display list of SUU library databases that the article is in. This article is in the EBSCOhost SmartLinks database. Once you click on the database link, you will be taken to the full text article.

Full text access via SUU database results