If you're trying to track down a citation that looks interesting, start with the A-Z journal search on the library's home page. You can search on a journal's title to see if we have electronic access to that title.
If we do have electronic access, make sure to pay attention to the date range that's listed for the title. Most of our subscriptions only go back to 1996 or 2000, so it's important to check that we have the year you need.
If you're searching for articles in our databases, you'll sometimes see a full-text PDF or HTML icon attached to your search results. When this doesn't happen, there will be a Get It @ MST! button or text link for each result. Clicking it will help you get to the full text.
If the library has a subscription to the resource you need, you'll usually get a link directly to the article. Occasionally you'll only get a link directly to the journal; when that happens, it's helpful to search for the article title on the journal's page.
If the library does not have an online subscription to what you need, you still have other options. The first is to check our MERLIN library catalog. Use this search to see if we have an item in print.
There will also be an Interlibrary Loan option. You can use this if the electronic and print searches fail. Using this link will fill out the interlibrary loan form for you automatically. Submit your request and you should have your article within a few business days. Please note that you do not automatically have an interlibrary loan account. The first time you use the system, you'll have to click the "First Time Users Must Click Here" link to set up your account.
If we don't have what you need in electronic format, we can probably get it for you through our interlibrary loan service. You can access this through the "Interlibrary Loan" link on the library's home page.
You can log in with your S&T username and password. The first time you use interlibrary loan, you'll be asked to verify your personal information. After that, you'll go directly to the interlibrary loan interface.
One you're logged in, look under "New Request" and select "Article", then fill in your citation information. Click Submit and your request will be processed. You'll usually get the article within 4-5 business days; when it's ready, you'll get an email and you can log into your account and look under "Electronically Received Articles".