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Resources for International Students: Finding Materials

Questions for the MacMillan Law Library?

General Questions? 
Please complete this Questions for the Law Library? form.

Faculty Research Question?
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Student Research Question?
Please complete our Student Research Request form. 

MacMallan Library Virtual Research Services (January 4, 2021 - May 14, 2021):

          Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm* 
          *Closed Monday, January 18, 2021

MacMillan Library Building Hours (January 19, 2021 - May 14, 2021*)

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 6:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Noon - 6pm
*Library will reopen at 12pm on Monday, January 18, 2021

Virtual Reference Desk (Zoom Meeting ID: 930-5184-4067) 
Reopening at 10am on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

IT Help Desk:
     Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm 
     Saturday - Sunday: Closed

IT Virtual Help Desk
Email us at lawstudent-help@emory.edu and we'll reach out to you via Zoom.

Have something checked out from us?

And need to return it but you haven't been cleared to return to campus or are not in the Atlanta area?  Please see our Returning Library Materials guidelines for additional information.   

If you are graduating in December, please return all library materials by December 1st.  If you are not in the Atlanta area, see Returning Library Materials guidelines for instructions for self-shipping your library items.  

Please contact lawcirc@emory.edu for additional assistance.

Finding Journal Articles

To make it easier to find all subscriptions to a particular journal, use our eJournals tool to find your article.  

Step 1: Open Emory Library's catalog, DiscoverE, and select "eJournals A-Z" (above the search bar).

Step 2: Search for your journal title and click the title you want - this will open a new window

Step 3: In the new window, review the list of databases that include access to this journal.  Notice that some databases have different coverages while other include embargos on the most recent issues.  Select the database that includes access to the date range of your journal article.

Step 4: Once in the appropriate database, either Browse the database for your volume/issue or search using the article's title.

If Emory does not have full text access to the journal / article you are trying to find, then you will need to request it from another library via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  To request an article via ILL: 

  1. Find the journal you want in Worldcat and click "View Description" to locate the information necessary to request the book via ILL.
  2. Log into ILLIAD, and select "Copy of Article" and submit your request.
  3. When the scan of the article is ready, it will appear in your ILLIAD account. 

Understanding Embargos

Finding Journal Articles using DiscoverE's "eJournals" Tool

Emory University Libraries subscribe to thousands of journals electronically.  It is common to have full text access to one journal via multiple database subscriptions.  It is also common for each of those subscriptions to include different date ranges of each journal or include embargos on more recent articles. 

What do "different data ranges" and "embargos" mean?

Just because the library has a journal in our catalog, doesn't mean all of it is accessible from every link we provide. 

Image of embargo dates for a journal

In the image above, you can see two options for this journal!

The first link says: "Available from 2006, volume: 1 issue: 1" - This means that this database subscription provides every article published in this journal from 2006 through today. Every article that appears from Volume 1, Issue 1 will be available to you if you select this link.

The second link says: "Available from 2011. Most recent 1 year(s) not available." - This means that this database subscription only provides every article published in this journal from 2011 to the issue before the most recent year.

Even though both of these links will take you get you articles from the journal, the first will allow you access to many more articles!

Finding Databases at Emory Law

Finding Print Materials at Emory Libraries During COVID-19

Finding Print Materials at Emory Libraries During COVID-19:

Short demo (11:53) of searching and requesting print materials, EIC Meeting, Sept. 2, 2020

Step 1: Use Emory Library's catalog, discoverE, to find / search for books.

Step 2: Note the location - not all books are at MacMillan Law Library

  • If the book is located at MacMillan Law Library,
  • If the book is located at a different Emory Library... 
    • ... you can avoid transit time by picking the book up yourself. Transit times are how long it takes for a booked to be sent from another library to the law library. You can have a book sent to the law library and pick it up there, or you can pick it up at the library is it held in. It can take several days for a book to be delivered to the law library from another library.
    • ... and you want to request a scan of a page range or chapter (aka "Document Delivery") then:
      1. Determine which pages/chapter you need, 
      2. Sign in to DiscoverE (top right corner)
      3. Click the "Request Article or Chapter" tab in DiscoverE (across the top of the catalog record) THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
      4. Log in to ILLIAD when prompted, 
      5. Update the request with the pages / chapters you would like to request, 
      6. Click "Submit Request."
      7. When ready, the scan will appear in your ILLIAD account.  

Step 3: If Emory University does not own the book, then see Finding Materials at Other Libraries below.

Things to keep in mind when working with print materials:

  • Fines are your responsibility.
    • Fines are charged to your account if you fail to return a book by its due date.
  • Remember, physical items will be quarantined (72 hours) at their library once they are returned, so scan and digitally save what you need the first time you check out the book because it will be a few days before the book will be available again for check out - to anyone. 

Notable Differences from Past Years

  • All physical items will be quarantined for 72 hours once returned. 

Finding Print Materials at Non-Emory Libraries During COVID-19

Finding Print Materials at Other Libraries During COVID-19

If Emory does not own the book you are looking for, then you will need to request it from another library via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  To request a book via ILL: 

  1. Find the book you want in Worldcat and click "View Description" to locate the information necessary to request the book via ILL.
  2. Log into ILLIAD, and select either "Copy of Article" or "Copy of Book Chapter" and submit your request.  Entire books are not available at this time due to COVID-19 circumstances. 
  3. When the scan of the article or chapter is ready, it will appear in your ILLIAD account.