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MC 780 - Research Methods in Mass Communications

Research help for students in the class Research Methods in Mass Communications.

Library Research Guide

Interlibrary Loan Overview

In the course of your research, you will probably discover articles and books that are not immediately available to you either because K-State Libraries do not own them or because they are currently checked out. When this happens, chances are very good that you can still get these items by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan.

Every K-State Student has an Interlibrary Loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.

Essential facts about our Interlibrary Loan Service:

  • K-State Libraries will pay the cost of obtaining these items.
  • Typical Delivery Times:
    • 2-5 days for PDFs (articles, etc.)
    • 3-10 days for other material
  • PDFs are delivered to your Interlibrary Loan account.
  • Other materials are delivered to Library Help @ the Union.
  • You will receive an e-mail when your item is available.

Using Search It and Get It to Place Interlibrary Loan Requests

If you use Search It or one of our databases that is powered by Get It (most of them are), you might see a Get It button whenever the database tells you about a resource but that specific database does not have the full item. If you are using Search It, you may just see text telling you immediately that the article is not available online.

Example: Stroop Test in Spanish: Children's norms

If the search reveals that the item is not available online, you can request the item by clicking "Request from Interlibrary Loan."

Search It's brief view of the record for Stroop test in Spanish Children's norms.

You will then be prompted to login to your Interlibrary Loan account with your eID and password. After doing that, you will see an Interlibrary Loan request form that is partially complete. Make sure to fill out any required fields that are empty. Also double-check all fields that have been completed. After you complete the form, click the submit button.

Interlibrary loan request autofilled with information about the article Stroop Test in Spanish: Children's Norms