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Copyright Guide

Does the library own this article?

In order to see if we have access to an article, it's best to have the entire citation. I'll use a sample citation to guide you through the process:

Laban C.J., Komproe I.H., Gernaat, H., de Jong, J. (2008). The impact of a long asylum procedure on quality of life, disability and physical health in Iraqi asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(7), 507–515.

Here's how we'll find it:

  1. See if the library subscribes to the journal in your citation by heading to the library homepage, and clicking Find a Specific Journal:

    Screenshot of the library homepage, with 'Find a Specific Journal' outlined in red

  2. On the next page, enter the name of the journal. If the library has it, you should see it in our results list.

    Screenshot of search results from journal title search

  3. Click on the journal title, and take a quick glance at what dates the library has access to (under "Full Text Availability"). Our article is from 2008, so we should be fine.

    Now we can search for the article title. Click the green magnifying glass icon to search. 

    Screenshot of journal page with search box

  4. The article should come up in your results - click Available Online.

    Screenshot of a search result from a specific journal

    Finally - here's the article:

    Screenshot of article discussed

I can't seem to find the article online...

If it's an older article, we may have it in print. Here's another example citation:

Gove, M. K. (1983). Clarifying teachers' beliefs about reading. Reading Teacher, 37(3), 261-266.

You'd search for the journal title as explained above. However, you'll see from the results that the only option we have for articles from 1983 is the Penfield Library Journal Collection:

Screenshot of journal finder result, with print holdings highlighted

If you are close to campus, you can come to the library to view the article; our journals are in alphabetical order on the 2nd floor. If you want to use the article in class, go to the Checkout / Reserves Desk and ask them to scan the article so you can put it on Reserves.

If you are not close to campus, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan. We'll scan the article and send you a copy - usually within a week or so.

Okay, but what if the library doesn't have the article?

You can request the article via Interlibrary Loan. We'll send you a digital copy of the article - usually within a week or so.

Does the library own this book?

The best way to see if we own a book - including ebooks! - is to search our catalog. You can use the search box below!

Does the library own this video?

We recommend searching two places for videos:

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