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Libraries Research Guides

Educational Leadership: Library 101

Finding Class Readings

Your classes are likely to have long lists of required and recommended readings. Some professors may provide you with links to articles, others may not. For those classes where you need to find the articles yourselves, try these steps:

Search with UDiscover

1. Go to the University Libraries' home page

2. From the home page, check that the red tab marked UDiscover is selected. Then click Advanced Search.

3. Type the title of the article you need into the search box at the top of the screen. Change the "Select a Field" drop down menu to "Title." Then click Search.

4. Hopefully, the article you need will appear in the results list (which probably won't be very long). Click on the PDF link or "Find It" link to access the full-text of the article.

5. If the article doesn't appear, try searching with Google Scholar or requesting the article through InterLibrary Loan (instructions below).

Remember: If you're searching off-campus, click the Off Campus Access link on the Libraries' home page and follow the link to UDiscover. It will then ask you to authenticate your credentials by typing in your UD username and password.

Search with Google Scholar

1. Go to Google Scholar.

2. Type the title of the article you need into the search box, and hit enter.

3. If Google brings up the article you need, and you're on-campus, click the "Find It at UD" link to the right side of the screen. This link will help you find the full-text of the article, with access to it provided by the UD Libraries.

4. If you're not on campus, you'll need to connect UD Libraries to your Google Scholar account. Click on the down arrow button to the right of "My Citations," and select Settings. Then, click on Library Links in the left-hand menu. Search for University of Dayton, and check the box next to "University of Dayton Libraries - Find It at UD." Then click Save.

5. Google Scholar will now work with our library databases to provide you with links to the full-text of articles.

Request the Article through InterLibrary Loan

If all else fails and the library doesn't have access to an article, you can request that a copy of the article be sent to you through InterLibrary Loan. You should use this only as a last step in your research process, but don't be afraid to try it, either!

1. Go to Roesch Library's InterLibrary Loan page, and click "Login to ILLiad".

2. Sign in to ILLiad using your UD username and password.

3. If it's the first time you've used ILLiad, fill out your contact information when prompted to do so.

4. Select the type of resource you'd like to request, from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

5. Fill out as much information as you can about the resource. At the bottom of the screen, click Submit Request.

6. Within a few days to a week, the resource should be delivered to you. Many journal articles will be delivered electronically via ILLiad; books, theses, and manuscripts may be sent directly to Roesch Library and require pickup. 

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