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The librarians and staff of the Arthur A. Wishart Library are here to help you with your research. We offer a number of in-person and onlines services to assist you.

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How do I request materials through inter-library loan?

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You can request an item for inter-library loan by using the Scholars Portal RACER system

If you cannot find the title you are looking for, please submit a paper copy of the ILL request at the Library Circulation Desk or send the ILL staff a message using our contact form, selecting "Inter-Library Loan" as the Category.

Library users should provide the following bibliographic information in their ILL requests:


♦ The title and author of the article.
♦ The title of the periodical.
♦ The volume and issue numbers of the periodical.
♦ The pages on which the article appears.

This bibliographic information can be found using Algoma's extensive list of Journals Databases, or by searching for the article citation in Google Scholar

For Books:

♦ The title and author of the book.
♦ Optional: the publication information (e.g. publisher, edition, publication date).  If you do not provide publication information, we will try to get the latest edition of the book for you.

This bibliographic information for books can be found using library catalogues, such as Algoma University's at: . 

If you cannot find it there try: WorldCat OCLC's catalogue of over 1.5 billion items in libraries worldwide.

If you have any difficulties with your search, please contact Library staff.