Interlibrary Loan Requests

Logging in to WorldCat on the FirstSearch platform

  1. Check first in catalog to make sure that Dallas International Library does not own the item.
  2. Click on A-Z Index of E-Resources tab
  3. Click on FirstSearch
  4. Login through the yellow box
  5. Select WorldCat in the wording at the top (or from the database dropdown box)

Searching on WorldCat

  1. Enter a keyword in one of the fields
  2. Click the Search Button at top or bottom.
  3. Click on a specific item to view it
  4. To highlight multiple items for future reference, check the box to the left of every item that is of interest to you, Next, click on the third tab in the second row labled “Marked Records”. This reduces the returns to only those items that you selected. You can then email, export, and/or print these bibliographic records.

Tips for Searching Journal Articles

  1. If you are searching for an article, search by the title of the journal. Remember you are searching for which libraries carry that journal title.
  2. Once you find the journal, you will add the details of the article you want on your request form.
  3. You can save yourself from seeing extraneous items by clicking the box by Serial Publications. This will limit your results to only journals.

Note: Dallas International always requests from fee-free lenders first.

Requesting Items

  1. Put in your search term in the search box.
  2. Select the correct record(s).
  3. The record will show the details for the book and will have two links:
    a. Libraries worldwide that own item
    b. Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)
  4. Click on the first link to see how readily available this item is. (If in NM, AZ, or TX we can probably get it for free.)
  5. Scroll down to see the record again and click on Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan).
  6. Fill in the Interlibrary Loan request form. You must at least fill in the asterisked boxes. (See sample for details).
  7. If you are requesting an article from a journal, add the citation details of the article you want in the Comment Box on the request form.
  8. Click on Submit at the bottom of the screen. Your form will be emailed to a Dallas International librarian to put into the Interlibrary Loan system.