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University College Research Guide

Explore resources and tips for University College courses in this guide.

Find an article while searching in a database?

1. See what looks like a direct link to full text? Click it!

Don't see a direct link? Go to step 2.


2. See the DU Libraries "Article Linker" icon? Click it to open a new tab that searches for your article in every DU Library database, as shown in step 3.

Look for a link that says HTML Full Text, PDF Full Text, or DU Libraries Article Linker

3. See the words "Full Text available at:"? Click the resource name to navigate to full text.

Once the new page opens, look for a PDF or full-text icon to download the full text.

4. See the words "No full text available"? Request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Our Interlibrary Loan service can borrow the article for you from another library at no cost to you.


Looking for a specific article where you know all or part of the citation?

1. In the Compass search box on the library homepage, paste either the:

  1. article title enclosed in quotation marks.
  2. the article's DOI -- Digital Article Identifier. A DOI will always start with the number 10.  You don’t want any of the http:// URL header information in the search box with the DOI.

2. If we have immediate access to the article, great! Click “Access Online” to navigate to full text.

  1. If you get zero results, click the “Expand My Results” button on the left-hand side of the page.

3. You should now see information about the desired article – click the “Get It” link to see request options.

4. Click the “Main Campus – Request for Interlibrary Loan” button. 

  1. Log into Interlibrary Loan with your DU Email and your MyDU password.

5. When the ILL form opens, all the article information should be pre-populated – scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click “Submit Request.”

Help with Interlibrary Loan

See the "Request sources not at DU Libraries" tab to learn how to register for a free Interlibrary Loan account and start requesting items.

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Reference Librarian

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Elia Trucks
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Denver, CO 80208