Friday, May 09, 2008

Shortlisting tips for article requests

Please help us maintain our high standard of service by considering what it is you are requesting. Here are a few helpful tips to save your own money and staff time:

  • If the article is only 1 page, then generally it will be a letter, comment or poster abstract from a conference. The full research might not necessarily have been published.
  • When performing a literature search, if a title is in brackets, then the full text is in a foreign language. All abstracts are published in English, but this doesn't mean the rest of the document is.
  • Please check that the article is not published ahead of print. This is a premium rate service offered by publishers, but libraries generally don't have access until it has gone to print.
  • If renewing a book loan from the British Library, please can you let the library know if it is required for a couple of days or a full renewal.

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