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Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019     Views: 424

Requesting Articles through ILLiad

What is ILLiad?

ILLiad is a tool that the library provides that allows you to request articles, book chapters and other materials, and read these materials when they are delivered electronically to you.

When should I request an article?

You should request an article or other material when you need it for your studies, but don’t have immediate access to it. If you are an online student or attend classes at an extended or international campus, this can mean that a book chapter or an article is available in print at the library on the St. Louis Campus, but not available in full-text online. In this case, library staff would fill the request by scanning the material you requested and making it available to you through your ILLiad account for a limited time.

Through ILLiad, you can also request articles that are not available through Webster University Library. If you are searching for a specific article and find that you cannot access through any Webster Library databases, all hope is not lost. Webster University Library has agreements with other university libraries that allow us to borrow materials and make them available to students for a limited time. This takes an average of 5-7 business days, so it is best to start your research early.

Note: While other institutions almost always lend us the requested materials, Webster University cannot guarantee that we can find an institution able to do so.


How do I request an article?

  1. Make sure that the article isn’t available in Full-text online

This can be done through a tool called the Article Linker. (You can find Article Linker on the left side of our Articles/Databases page under "Find a full text article w/ citation".

More information on Article Linker

If you search for an article in Article Linker, and receive a message that it is not available in Full Text, click the blue Request it Here button.



2. Register in ILLiad if you are a first-time user, or sign in if you are a returning user.

When you click the blue Request it Here button, you will be prompted to log into ILLiad or create an account. First-time users must fill out a short form, and returning users must enter a username and password.

 After you log in, You will fill out the request form with as much information as possible (note that you can begin a new request by using the toolbar on the left).


How do I access my requested materials?

When your materials are ready, you will get an email that will link you back to ILLiad. You can also access it under accounts on the library home page (see below). Once logged in, you will click Electronically Received Articles, and read your requested materials. Please download the PDF to your computer. You will also be able to view the date at which the material will no longer be available to you, and request a renewal.