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A Quick Introduction

Getting Articles and Books as a Distance Student

86% of WCU library material is online, available to you 24/7.  This includes:

  • Ebooks
  • Full-text online articles
  • Streaming videos & music

If we don't have it online, you can request it be sent to you. You can also request items WCU doesn't own.

If you need a:       Please use:
Book                         A Request for books we own (sign in to see the request option, choose Mail to Home as your pickup location);

EZborrow for books WCU doesn't own (use Home Delivery as your pickup location)

DVD A Request for DVDs we own (sign in to see the request option, choose Mail to Home as your pickup location);

EZborrow for DVDs WCU doesn't own (use Home Delivery as your pickup location)

Article or thesis               ILLiad
Book chapter       ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter. Please submit one chapter at a time.

ILLiad Accounts for Distance Students

Since you will use ILLiad to request articles and book chapters not available online, you should make sure your ILLiad account identifies you as a distance student.  To do this:

  1. Go to ILLiad and login with your WCU email and password.
  2. From the ILLiad menu, click on Profile, then Update Profile.
  3. Under User Information, look for the Status and Campus Affiliation fields.
  4. Enter Distance Education Student as your Status and choose your campus. You can also enter your phone number to receive text updates instead of emails.

Once you are logged in to ILLiad, you will see any articles/book chapters you have received (Electronically Received Articles) and any requests that are still being processed (Outstanding Requests). To request a new article or book chapter, use the New Requests menu.

If you have questions about your ILLiad account, check with the Interlibrary Loan department