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CMAT297 - Communication Research

CMAT 297 Tutorial Table of Contents:

Introduction         Scholarly Sources        Keywords        Finding Books      

Find It Button/ILL     
    Finding Articles       Statistics        Citing Your Work       

Getting Help

Find It Button/ILL

Sometimes the article you want is not available in its entirety (we call that "full text" in the biz) in the database you're in.  Well, then what?  Nearly all of our databases that don't have complete full-text have Find-It Buttons.

What does that cute little Find-It Button do, anyway?

First off, this is what you're looking for:

It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  View this tutorial to see the magic in action!

Another bit of magic...

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Watch this tutorial on how to use the Citation Linker!  This link takes you directly to the Citation Linker.

Interlibrary Loan, affectionately known as ILL

Interlibrary loan is for when we don't have an article available in print or electronically, meaning we just don't subscribe to it here at Blackwell.  The good news is that we're usually able to get the article for you from another library, either in print or electronically.  You do have to register to use the service.  Please visit the Interlibrary Loan website for more information and to get an account.   You won't be sorry!  My guess is that you are GOING TO HAVE TO USE ILL to get the resources you need for CMAT297.  My best advice is to start early so you have time to get the resources in and use them for your project.

View the Interlibrary Loan tutorial.  Come on, you know you want to!

This tutorial was created by the liaison to Communications, Krista Knapp.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments.  (updated 5/2010)