Iowa Library Service Areas
How to Obtain Magazine
FirstSearch and SILO
FirstSearch has given us new options for filling requests for magazine articles. You
now have the ability to find the article in full text in some of the databases on
FirstSearch. If you are unable to find the full text article, you can verify the citation
and find Iowa holding locations using the Iowa Union List of Serials which is now on the
OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals Database. Finding the holdings allows you to go directly
to the holding library, resulting in quick service for the library customer. Below are
instructions for filling magazine requests using FirstSearch.
First, see if you can find the article in full text in a database on First Search. You
can search by name of the magazine, title of the article, author of the article, subject
of the request, or ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) using the advanced search
technique. Check the Wilson Select database first because you can do unlimited
searching, and all of its full text is free.
Once you have chosen a database and executed a search, the results list will appear. If
the article you are looking for appears on the list and it is available in full text you
will see a link to the full text article. If you have located the full text article in
Wilson Select, the article will be free. (If you have located the full text article in
another database, it will cost five searches. The five searches will always come off of
the fifty searches you have available for the non-user subscription databases. Even if you
have used up your fifty searches and the article costs, it is worth it to both you and
your customer to be able to provide the article to them immediately.) Other
FirstSearch databases you will want to check for full text articles or to verify your
citation are Articles First (full text), and ContentsFirst. ( In all cases full text
costs will be deducted from the fifty searches for the non-subscription or per search
databases. To ensure that you will not incur a service charge if you go over your fifty
searches it is imperative that you set up your deposit account with BCR.)
If the article is not available in full text from FirstSearch you can request the
article on interlibrary loan through SILO. Before leaving First Search, verify the
citation by clicking on the item in your results list to look at its full record. Click on
the "Libraries" button to retrieve the list of libraries that own the specific
item; if Iowa libraries own that magazine they will be listed first. If there are Iowa
libraries listed it means that they own some issues of that magazine title; you will use
the Union Lists database in First Search to find out if the libraries own the specific
issue with that article. Choose the advanced search and proceed as follows:
- In the first blank field input the name of the periodical
- In the next field choose "title (keyword)."
- In the next blank field type in the two letter abbreviation for the state of Iowa (ia)
in lower case.
- In the next field choose "state of library."
- Click on Search.
This should give you a list of Iowa libraries, arranged alphabetically by the library
name, that hold the magazine title you are looking for. To determine whether or not the
library holds the issue you are looking for, click on an item in the results list and look
at the record. It lists the years owned by that library. Write down the names of the
libraries that own the desired issue.
To request the article on interlibrary loan through SILO:
- Log on to SILO interlibrary loan
- Select "Blank form to request journal article"
- Fill in the citation information from your FirstSearch search results.
- Check either CCG or CCL on the request form indicating copyright compliance or the
request cannot be sent.
- In each of the location boxes, enter the seven digit Locator code for one of the
libraries that holds the issue of the magazine you are requesting.
(You will find the Locator codes for libraries in the Iowa Library Directory, or on
the list of "SILO Participating Libraries," which can be found on SILO:
- At the SILO ILL Master Menu, select:
- " Access Iowa Library Directory/Library Account Information," then
- "View List of ILL Participating Libraries.")
If you have exhausted your list of Iowa locations, send the request on to your Regional Library, according to their
interlibrary loan procedures
--Our thanks to Southeastern Library Services, from whose training
manual this was adapted.
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