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Getting Materials Delivered

Distance Education Resources > Getting Materials Delivered

We have it

  • From Article Databases
    • Attached full text. You may see PDF or HTML copy for some articles in the article databases.  Also try the “Find Text” button. 
    • Search the library catalog. If we don’t have it online, search the library catalog by the title of the journal to see if it’s on the library shelves.  If we have the volume you need, we can “scan and deliver” it to you. Request a Scan and Deliver through your Interlibrary Loan account.  If you haven’t already created your ILL account, click on the “First Time Users” button to do so. You’ll need to have a barcode number from a USC ID to create an account.
  • From Ejournals
    • Know the journal you need? Search the Ejournals listing for the title of the journal to see if we have it online.  If the journal is health-related, once you are in Ejournals click on the “combined list of USC Columbia and USC School of Medicine e-journals.”  If the University Libraries don’t have it online you might be able to get it through the USC School of Medicine Library.
  • From Library Catalog, Books
    • Look for the Request button in the library catalog.  Not everything can be requested, but if the button is there you can either have the items held for you at a library or, if you live outside of Richland and Lexington counties, you can have books mailed to the home address in your University account. 

We don't have it

  • Articles
    • Interlibrary Loan. To create an Interlibrary Loan account, click on the “First Time Users” button on the Interlibrary Loan webpage.  You’ll need to have a barcode number from a USC ID to create an account. Once you create your account, you can request materials through the Interlibrary Loan page, but also directly from some databases. Most articles or book chapters are delivered electronically to us so that’s how we’ll be able to deliver them to you. 
  • Books
    • PASCAL Delivers. When you are in the library catalog and our copy of a book is checked out or we don’t have it at all, click on the PASCAL Delivers button. It searches college and university libraries in the state. With a couple of clicks you can have the book sent to a participating library.  You’ll get an email message sent to your University account when it arrives.  Reply to the email message if you want the book mailed to you (if you live outside of Richland and Lexington counties).
    • Interlibrary Loan. Our Interlibrary Loan office can borrow books from other libraries for you, but you’ll need to come to campus to pick them up.  If this is not feasible for you, may may want to check if your local public library offers this service.