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Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Research Assistants

Interlibrary Loan Instructions for Research Assistants

Where to submit an Interlibrary Loan request

Submit requests through the ILLiad System. The link can be found under Student Resources on the Law Library's home page.

How to Search for a Citation

Check first if the material is not readily available at or accessible through the Law Library.

Print Books, Licensed Ebooks, Videos & Physical Items

Option 1 Option 2
  1. WRLC (Georgetown U. + Consortium) Advanced Search or Book Search by Citation. Search for a book or item title.
  2. After finding a matching catalog record, sign in with your NetID & Password, click on Request from a Consortium Library. Select Georgetown University Law Library as a Pick-up Institution.
  3. If you receive a consortium loan cancellation notice shortly after submitting a request, then in the catalog record click on Reqeust This Item Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and sign into the appropriate ILLiad account.
  4. If there is no exact, matching catalog record, then submit an ILL request via ILLiad. There is an Interlibrary Loan tab in the top menu bar in Advanced Search and Search by Citation.
  1. WorldCat. Search for book or item title.
  2. A green "Georgetown Law Library" icon in a matching record may mean that the library owns a copy.Check for availability by following steps outlined in Option 1.
  3. If a green icon does not appear, then in the matching record click on the gray "Click here to request via ILL" button. Sign into ILLiad with your journal's username & password.

Free Digitized Books

  • HathiTrust: Publications that fall in the public domain may be freely downloaded. Text searching can be performed in those publications that do not fall into full-view access.
  • Internet Archive: Publications that fall in the public domain may be freely downloaded. Internet Archive books may be checked out by registering for a free personal account. Some loans may offer PDF options.

Finding Access to Electronic Articles & Publications

Searching by the Journal or Newspaper Publication Title Options: Searching by the Article Title Options:
  • Journal Finder: The results may include the Law Library's holdings of print volumes which can be helpful in locating articles that do not exist in electronic format.
  • Journal Search by Citation: Click on "Journal" before entering information.
  • Article Search by Citation:  You may also search by article title in this search engine.
If a print copy cannot be located or electronic version cannot be accessed, then submit an ILL request. There is an Interlibrary Loan tab in the top menu bar in addition to the Request This Item Through Interlibrary Loan option in a catalog record. If a print copy cannot be located or electronic version cannot be accessed, then submit an ILL request. There is an Interlibrary Loan tab in the top menu bar in addition to the Request This Item Through Interlibrary Loan option in a catalog record.

Law Library Research Guide

In-depth source collection methodologies are found in the Source Collection Instructions for Research Assistants guide.

When to Use Interlibrary Loan Service as a Research Assistant

  • For a book, use ILL service if this Law Library & consortium libraries do  not own a copy, or if the copies are checked out, lost or missing, or if there is no access to an e-version.
    • While in Advanced Search, Journal Finder or Search by Citation, click on the Interlibrary Loan tab to access ILLiad or use the Request This Item Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) option in a catalog record.
  • For an (journal, newspaper) article, use ILL service if this Law Library does not own the journal or newspaper in print / microfilm, or offer a full-text electronically.
    • While in Advanced Search, Journal Finder or Search by Citation, click on the Interlibrary Loan tab to access ILLiad or use the Request This Item Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) option in a catalog record.

Checking Out Law Library Books Through a Proxy Account

If you have a Law Library book, then you have the option to have that book checked out to your faculty's library proxy account. This option is appropriate if the faculty will have exclusive use of the book and the book will not be under your control.

  • Submit a completed Faculty Research Assistant Authorization form to the Circulation Desk.
  • Once you are registered to serve as proxy for the faculty, you can ask the Circulation Desk to check out Law Library to that proxy account.
  • This service is overseen by the Circulation Desk. For questions, please consult that desk, 202-662-9131, lawcirc@georgetown.edu.

Note:

  • ILL books are not checked out through the Circulation Desk's system, but through ILLiad. However, a proxy option is available for ILL books. See How to Submit an ILL as an RA.
  • Presently, local law libraries do not lend through the WRLC program. Use ILL if a book in the catalog is housed only at a law library.