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Introduction to the Library: Article Requests

Before you order......

If your can't find what you are looking for in the Fielding Library, take a look at this guide to finding resources elsewhere!

Did You Know?

Fielding Library Services can obtain book chapters and journal articles not owned by our library. See the Interlibrary Loan section under the Research tab on our website.

Before sending the request, check FASTsearch and search our book/journal collection. Lastly, check Google Scholar.

Request an article

Interlibrary Loan FAQs

How do I make a request?

Use the link to the appropriate order form below to make a request. Please read through the FAQs for details about submitting requests.



What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a process of lending and borrowing documents conducted between libraries. The Kipnes Library at Fielding works with a network of other libraries to obtain copies of documents needed by our users and, in exchange, provides copies of works requested by users at those libraries in compliance with copyright and Fair Use guidelines. 

Who can use interlibrary loan?

Current Fielding students, faculty and staff members may place requests.

What types of items can be requested? 


You may place requests for articles or book chapters. Due to copyright restrictions, you may request one chapter from a given book title.

What types of items cannot be requested?


  • Complete books/textbooks/manuals (only individual chapters may be requested) 
  • Complete issues of a journal (only individual journal articles may be requested) 
  • Psychological tests/assessments or full testing manuals. If you are having trouble locating a test, please contact the library for assistance. 
  • Media formats other than book chapters/journal articles such as videos, audio materials, microfilm, computer software, maps, etc. 
  • Unpublished manuscripts/dissertations/theses


What information is needed to place a request?

All required fields of the request form must be completed to place an order. Submitting an incomplete or inaccurate request form will delay your order and the library may need to reach out to you for clarification or further details before processing the request.


Required fields vary slightly by format, but generally include:


  • Journal or Book Title
  • Article or Chapter Title
  • Volume, Issue or Edition (if applicable)
  • Publication Year
  • Page Numbers
  • Providing the journal ISSN or the book ISBN is not required, but can expedite processing 


What if I cannot find all of the information required on the request form?

Consult our brief finding citation information video about locating citation information first. Also, be sure to check out the APA Style webpage about how to read basic reference list entries.  If you’re still having trouble, please feel free to reach out to the library for assistance:

How long does it take to receive a requested item?

Most requests are filled within 2-3 business days. In some instances, requests may take longer to process. These cases include works not widely available at other libraries or works with older publication dates which require lending libraries to manually scan content.

In what format are requests provided?

In almost all cases you will receive a PDF copy of the item you requested. Rarely, a lending library might produce an image scan of a work.


How much does ILL cost?

The library provides requested materials to you at no cost.

How many items can I request?

The general limit is 10 filled requests per person per month. However, we understand there may be occasions when you need to go over the limit, such as when you are working on a large project or literature review. If you need to go over the request limit, please email the library and we are glad to work with you to help you obtain the documents you need:

Copyright and Interlibrary Loan

Copyright restrictions govern the use of materials obtained through interlibrary loan. Please review our copyright statement below (this statement is also included on each order form):

“By using this order form, I declare that I understand that:

I will use the document I am ordering solely for scholarship/research purposes related to my work at the Fielding Graduate University, in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of U.S. copyright law (United States Code, Title 17 § 107).

The copyright law of the United States [Title 17, United States Code] governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that use may be liable for copyright infringement.

Fielding Graduate University reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. No further reproduction and distribution of this copy is permitted by transmission or any other means.”