Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms

Apologies if this seems a bit trivial, but it's an issue that's come up often enough that I've felt the need to comment on it -- so here goes...

When requesting journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, etc., please remember that your ILLiad request forms are specifically provided with the necessary fields for the relevant pieces of information from your citations. We recommend that you enter each of the individual data pieces from your article citations only into their corresponding fields, i.e., volume number, issue number, year, inclusive pages, and so on.

Please also note that each field is designed to accommodate only a reasonable number of characters for the piece of data specified. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to enter an entire citation string into every field, as characters will likely be omitted through truncation. ILL staff will then need to spend additional time editing the request text (and possibly researching and verifying the citation to recover any lost information), thus delaying the entire process.

We especially recommend that you enter the year into its designated field by itself, and other parts of the date (month, quarter, etc.) into their own field. Isolating the year helps us to better deal with any potential copyright issues.

Remember that the clearer you are about presenting your citation information, the quicker we can process your article request and have needed material delivered to you.

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