How do I request an article that we don’t own?


If the Library does not have access to the full text of an article, you can request a full-text copy using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). In most cases, the article will be available electronically for you in 1 to 3 days as a PDF in your Interlibrary Loan account


I found an article in a database, but there's no full-text available.

  • If full-text is not available in a database, you'll see a link for Interlibrary Loan. Click on this link.

Interlibrary Loan Request logo

  • Log into your ILLiad account by typing your Skidmore username and password. 
  • You will now see the Article Request form automatically filled out with the article's information.
  • Click "Submit Request" on the bottom of the request form.


I have an article's citation, but we don't own the full-text.

(Check to make sure we don't own the full-text using Google Scholar or our Journals Search).

  • Log into your ILLiad account by typing your Skidmore username and password.
  • Click "Article" under the New Request menu.
  • Fill out the information on the form. 
  • Click "Submit Request" on the bottom.


Article Request form in ILL filled out for the article Public Library History on the Lewis and Clark Trail.


In either case, you'll receive an email when your article is available.  You'll log back into your ILL account and see the PDF under "Electronically Received Articles," which you can download, save, and print.  


  • Last Updated Aug 02, 2023
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