Answered By: Nadia Woods
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2016     Views: 3152

ArticleReach is an interlibrary loans service offering staff and students of the University a free automated request for journal articles. Books, book chapters, theses and conference papers cannot be requested through ArticleReach - these should be requested as an Inter-Library Loan . 

You'll see the option to use ArticleReach when you are using DISCOVER to locate a journal article you want. If the article isn't available electronically, you will see an option to 'Request It.' Search the University of Liverpool Library Catalogue to see if we have it in print; if we don't, you can try an ArticleReach request.

You should hear within one or two days whether ArticleReach can supply your Inter-Library Loan or not. If it can be supplied (nearly 50% of requests succeed within a couple of working days) you'll get an email to give you a link to retrieve the article which you should print if you wish to keep. It will only remain available at the URL you are given for 30 days, so print your article straightaway.

My Library Record will keep you up to date with the status of your ArticleReach requests and will also provide the link to any requests waiting for you to pick up.

If ArticleReach can't provide a copy, you'll receive an email to let you know. If the article is not available through the University, there is the option to submit an Inter-Library Loan request, at a charge. Note that unfortunately ArticleReach is not​ available for Online or Laureate students.

Using ArticleReach
Only journal articles can be requested and supplied through ArticleReach – books, book chapters, theses and conference papers have to be requested as an Inter-Library Loan .

To use ArticleReach you must be registered as a Library user, not have any restrictions on your account due to large fines due or other reasons and you must have an email address registered on My Library Record.

To make an ArticleReach request:

  • The 'Request It' option takes you automatically to ArticleReach when a journal article you want isn't available electronically. The link is displayed when viewing the results of searches of electronic resources, databases and electronic journals. All required data for the request form will be populated by this link.
  • You can also start a search yourself from the Go to an Article section of the Library Home Page web page. If you're beginning your search here you must enter the volume, year and starting page of the article you want as well as the journal title. Include the ISSN (SUNCAT or WorldCat may help you to find it) for your request to be processed as quickly as possible, however the request can be processed without it, subject to a slight delay. On the ArticleReach request form, fill in the article's author and/or title to aid in quick identification of the correct article and remember to tick the box next to where it says 'item not on shelf/ejournal not available.'

If the above options are not suitable, place a request direct on ArticleReach.

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