Librarians are available for help and advice on research and access to library resources and services opens new windowduring these hours.
Librarians are on duty to help you access the library resources you need. Contact us by phone, text, chat, or Zoom video conference. You may make an appointment for in-person or online help or contact us in any of these ways when you need help or have a question.
Email: Librarian@oru.edu (messages sent after hours will receive response within one business day)
✓ Be alert! As you research, continue to add relevant terms to your search.
✓ Consider alternative terms, abbreviations, narrower terms, broader terms and related terms.
✓ Use subject descriptors, database thesauri and article abstracts to identify additional terms and ideas.
✓ Notice, and use, subject heading links listed in an article record, which may lead you to other groups of articles.
✓ In your review of articles and websites, watch for references to research, reports and studies, which will point you to primary source documents.
✓ Read through the references at the end of relevant articles to identify more articles and resources.
If the library does not own the item you need, you may request it through our interlibrary loan service. As a student who has attended a sr. paper LIBBI, your interlibrary loans will be free. (Note: Books will still have a postage fee that you will need to pay, but the ILL $2.00/item request fee will be waived.)
to Request an ILL:
Some databases (most EBSCO databases)include interlibrary loan forms to complete. Click the "Request from another library" link in the article record. If no form is available in the database, you may complete the opens new windowInterlibrary Loan Request Form or copy and paste the citation information and email it to LibILL@oru.edu.
•Determine that the ORU Library does not own the item you need BEFORE requesting it through interlibrary loan.
•Some items are available nearby; others may take a week or more to obtain
If you request an article or chapter, it will be delivered to your ORU email when it arrives. It may take from one to ten days, depending on the number of libraries available to respond to the request.
If you request a book, it will take a bit longer. When the book is ready to pick up you will receive an email telling you the amount of the return postage, payable when you pick up the book (cash or Eagle Bucks). Postage is usually less than $5, so on your book request, be sure to indicate you are willing to pay the postage.
Do not give a "need by" date of less than two weeks. All requests are processed as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT TIP: Before requesting an article , copy/paste the title into a search engine (such as Google) to see if the article is available free online. Often scholars post their research on their own institution's digital repository or on a public research repository such as opens new windowResearchGate.net or opens new windowAcademia.edu.