Answered By: William Gee
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014     Views: 86

Often times, yes. If you are searching in one of ECU Libraries' many databases, you might see a finditbutton or a link to request through Interlibrary Loan. If you do and click it, ILLiad will open and once you login the system should automatically enter the citation details into the request form for you.

The "Find It!" button, which you can see in One Search, many databases, and in WorldCat, allows you to search for full-text access across multiple databases for the item at which you are looking, to search for the item in the Classic Catalog, and to automatically complete interlibrary loan request forms in ILLiad.

How to use FindIt!

When you search in many of the ECU Libraries' online resources, you will often see the FindIt! button next to citations. When you click on the button, a new webpage will open with options for electronic resources, print collections, and interlibrary loan, among others. Sometimes instead of the button, just the words Find It! or similar text (Interlibrary Loan, Request This, etc.) will be shown.

Interlibrary Loan for Books, Media, and More

If you're looking for books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical items, search WorldCat for the largest selection and easiest way to enter your request. Simply find the item you want by searching for it, then click on the FindIt!, UNC Libraries, or Interlibrary Loan request button. The ECU Libraries' interlibrary loan software, ILLiad, will open for you with the item's citation information already filled-in on the request form. Simply review the information, enter any additional notes (edition, format, language) and the needed by date, and click submit. 

Electronic Articles & E-book

If the full-text of the item is available in one of the ECU Libraries' databases or other online content, FindIt! will give you a list of one or more databases that should have the desired article or e-book for you. Choose the resource that has the publication year you need. Sometimes the database will open directly to the article or e-book chapter. Other times, a list of volumes will be displayed from which you will need to select the one you need. Other times, a search box will be displayed for you to enter the title of the article, book, or chapter you want. Most documents will be displayed in a PDF or HTML file format. 

Print & Microform Articles

If the article is not found full-text in any of the library's databases, FindIt! next allows you to easily search Joyner Library's catalog to see if the item is available in our print collection. By clicking on the catalog entry, the catalog will perform a search for the desired title. If the item is found, check the holdings information to see if the library owns the volume or year you want. If so, you should make note of the call number and location in the building so you can find it when you visit the library, or use the Place Hold feature in the catalog to request that the item be held for you at the front desk.

If you primarily use Joyner Library or the Music Library and you are an ECU graduate student, faculty, staff member, distance education patron, or member of the Friends of Joyner Library, you may request the library to scan the article for you through Joyner Library's Document Delivery service. 

Interlibrary Loan Articles

If neither full-text nor print or media holdings are available, you may click on the Interlibrary Loan link from the bottom of the FindIt! page. This will open the ECU Libraries' interlibrary loan program, ILLiad. (You will need to have created an ILLiad account to log-in; if you do not have an ILLiad account, see below.) Once you log-in to ILLiad, a request form will automatically open with all of the citation information already filled into the correct fields by the FindIt! tool. Simply review the form to ensure everything is complete, being sure to enter any comments in the Notes field that might be helpful to the ILL staff, and click "Submit". If you keep the ILLiad Main Menu open in one window while continuing your searching in another window, you will not have to log-in to ILLiad again the next time you click on FindIt!'s interlibrary loan link.

  • ECU students, faculty, and staff who do not have an ILLiad account will be prompted to register the first time you login. You will use your PirateID and Passphrase to login, as you do in OneStop, Blackboard, and your ECU email account.
  • Users without an ECU PirateID will need to register either with Joyner Library or Laupus Health Sciences Library first before logging-in -- see this page for details on the difference. Unfortunately, if you have to create an ILLiad account, the citation data from your search is sometimes lost by ILLiad. If that happens, you will need to leave ILLiad's Main Menu open and go back to the FindIt! search screen and click on the interlibrary loan link again.

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