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get a scan Scanning Articles from Library Collections U.T. restricted
If you need an article from a journal volume or a chapter from a book held in a campus library (excluding Law, HRC, BCAH) or the Library Storage Facility, you can request a free scan via Interlibrary Services. Look up the journal or book in the Library Catalog and click the Get a Scan button to get started. Turnaround time is usually 1-2 business days. Some restrictions apply.

Interlibrary Service U.T. restricted
If the item you need is not available at UT, submit an interlibrary request. Be sure to provide as complete a citation as possible and a realistic deadline. Turnaround time depends on the type of material requested and sometimes how widely available it is. Scans can be obtained in as little as a day or two; loans of books from other libraries can take 2 weeks or more. There is currently no charge to UT patrons for this service. (Courtesy Borrowers are not eligible for this service.)

Online Pay per View
Some publishers and web sites allow users to make a credit card purchase of single articles in electronic format. The price can be quite high, usually $30 or more, but it's immediate. Make sure that UT does not already have the journal available (online or in print) at no charge, and remember that Interlibrary Service is free to you.

Government Technical Reports (NTIS)
Copies of federal technical reports that are not otherwise available can be ordered directly from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS, a government-affiliated clearinghouse). You need a report number to order, and you must pay all charges directly to NTIS. See the Gray Literature page for more information on technical reports. These reports are not available via Interlibrary Services.

Dissertations from Other Institutions U.T. restricted
Search ProQuest Digital Dissertations & Theses (formerly Dissertation Abstracts) to identify North American PhD dissertations back to 1865. PDF copies of many U.S. dissertations since around 1997 are available to UT-affiliated users at no charge. However, many authors of recent dissertations no longer choose to deposit a copy with ProQuest. Recent electronic theses and disserations (ETDs) may be available to the public via an institution's local digital repository -- visit that school's library web site for details. Authors may choose to embargo or block access to their dissertations for various reasons. Older dissertations can sometimes be borrowed in hardcopy via Interlibrary Service, but many schools do not loan archival copies. Foreign dissertations and theses are more difficult to obtain.

Document Delivery Services for Unaffiliated Customers

Individuals interested in obtaining materials directly from the Libraries should contact the Interlibrary Service Document Express service. Corporate customers and organizations should contact the Document Sharing service.


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