Rensselaer Libraries

Do the libraries own this item?

Posted: Sep 5, 2008

This guide provides instructions concerning how to determine if the Rensselaer Libraries own a particular item described in a citation from one of the databases or from some other source (e.g. a journal article, a book, a print index). The Call Number Guide can be used to determine the physical location of an item owned by the Libraries.

A Sample Citation

Ahlawat, Deepak (2008).Empire of Glass: F. & C. Osler in India, 1840–1930 . Journal of Design History. 21, 155-170.

Check the catalog to see if the libraries own this item.

  • Go to the library homepage at and select the "Articles & Journals" tab.
  • In the "Find Journals" search field, enter "Journal of Design History." This is the title of the journal in the sample citation above.
  • Select "title contains" from the drop-down menu to perform the search.
  • If the library can provide access to the journal, it will appear in the resulting title list. Clicking on the title of the journal will show the various methods of access that the library can provide.
  • For this particular example, the library provides both electronic and print access.

Retrieving the electronic version

  • Select the title of the journal from the results list as described above and click on the GO button under the Full-Text heading.
  • You will generally be taken to the homepage for that particular journal.
  • Use the year of publication along with the volume and issue number to navigate to the text of your article within the journal's website.

Retrieving the printed version

  • Select the title of the journal from the results list as described above and click on the GO button for "Check for print version in Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog."
  • If the library owns the printed journal, you will see the periodical icon and a brief description of the item.
  • Click on the title and record the call number.
  • Go to the Call Number Guide to determine the physical location of the item.

If the libraries do not own an item:

You can request the item through the Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Department in Folsom Library.

Interlibrary loan can provide access to a wide range of items that are not immediately available in the library. However, in some cases, it can take 2-3 weeks for an item to arrive, so be sure to request items as far in advance as possible.

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