I found the perfect article! But it’s asking me to pay for it!

While the library has millions of articles, sometimes the article you want is not in our collection. Or you may come across something through the free web–like Google Scholar–and all of a sudden you find yourself entering your credit card number. STOP! It is the library’s goal to ensure you get the article you want without paying for it! We do this through our Interlibary Loan (ILL) system.

First thing you want to do is sign up for an ILL account. You can do this on the library website here using your COCC network username and password.

After signing up for an account, you can request any article you come across! If you found it through the library’s resources, all you need to do is click on the Check for full text link.
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You might see a screen like this:

This shows that while the database you are searching doesn’t have access to the article, another library database does! Always make sure the date your article was published matches the date ranges that are available in the other database.

Another option is that you might see a screen like this:

This means the article is not available through the library’s resources, but we can request it through ILL. Clicking the circled link will autofill the request form and get your item in your inbox within a few hours! You can review your pending requests and download items from your ILL account.

If you want an article not found through library resources, you can fill out the request form yourself through your ILL account by placing a new request or by asking a librarian.
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