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Resources to Help
The databases listed below can help you locate those hard to find items you need. Once you locate an item, you can request it via ILLiad. Lending, however, is still at the discretion of the owning library, so if an item is an original archival item available at only one library, chances are it won't be lent. Don't hesitate to ask for help concerning these items.
Center for Research Libraries
Provides primary source materials to its members through extended loans or “on demand” digitization. Since CMU is a member, you can request items from them via interlibrary loan
. CRL has microform collections that it will lend, runs of newspapers, journals, foreign dissertations, and Digital Collections
. CRL offers a very generous loan period, though if items are needed by another patron, they can be recalled.
Worldcat is a database of libraries' holdings throughout the U. S. and even includes some European libraries' holdings. You can use it to find out if any libraries have the item that you want. For example, if only one library has an archival item, that item most likely will not be available for lending via ILL. It's also an easy way to see if a local library has an item.
At times you might need materials other than books and/or journal articles. Depending on the item you want, it may be difficult or impossible to get, but we can try! Requests for these items may take longer, since fewer libraries might have them and/or be willing to lend them.
Use this when you want us to borrow items other than books and journal articles for you.
, Ethnic & Gender Studies
, General Topics
, Information Systems
, Language & Linguistics
, Public Policy
, Social & Decision Sciences
, Women's Studies