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Graduate Research

Research information and resources for VCSU graduate students.

About InterLibrary Loan:

InterLibrary Loan, also known as ILL, is a process that allows us to get access to materials from other libraries. The information below explains a few different ways to request ILL materials. If you are a distance student, we recommend contacting your local library for books or other physical materials, which is further explained in the Common ILL Questions section of the InterLibrary Loan web page. 

Finding and Requesting a Book within North Dakota

  • Access our webpage and search for the item you are looking for in our catalog. If you can't find it, expand your search by selecting All ODIN Academic Libraries in the drop-down menu.

  • Choose an item and click on the item's title to open the item record.

  • If you have not logged into your library account, click Sign In, select Login using NDUS, and on the following screen, log in using your username and password.

  • Once you have logged in, you should see a Resource Sharing link; click it. The form will be automatically filled, so unless you need to make any changes, you will just need to click Send Request and you're set. You'll be notified by email when your book or other item arrives.

Primo search page with location of All ODIN Academic Libraries button marked.

Results of a search with Check for Available Resources marked.

Locating Articles

While the library offers a large collection of full-text electronic journal titles, our collection is not comprehensive. To search for additional articles, enter your search criteria into Advanced Search, under articles. If you do not find what you are looking for, select the “Expand My Results” option on the right-hand side of the search menu.

Choosing this option will allow you to view additional articles. Once you locate the article you are looking for, select “Check for available services” to view your options. In most cases, the article will be unavailable in our collection, and you will need to sign in and click Resource Sharing.

You will then see a form similar to the book request ILL form. Check that the information is accurate, make changes as needed, and submit your request.

Primo search screen with location of Expand my Results button marked.

Requesting an ILL Using a Blank ILL Form

If you know basic bibliographic information about the book or article you wish to request (such as title, author, publisher, etc.) and you want to request the book for pick up at VCSU, you can fill out a blank ILL form online:

  • Login to your account by clicking My Account.

  • You should be prompted to enter username and password. VCSU students, staff, and faculty will log in using their NDUS username and password. 

  • Once you have logged in, click on Get Item from Elsewhere, and select either Article or Book. Select Articles if you would like a copy of a journal article. Select Book to request anything else.

  • Fill in the author, title, and as much other information as you can about the source you want to check out.

Resource Sharing Request