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LibrarySearch (for books, articles and other resources)

Use FInd@Stir in Library Databases

Use the Find@Stir button in Library databases to obtain the full text of journal articles.

If the Library does not have an article you will see "How to get it" with a "Request Article" link. This is part of our free document delivery service.

Login to Document Delivery Service

You need a separate (Clio) login for the Document Delivery Service.

  • You may already have an account using your Library barcode number.
  • Alternatively 'Register for a new account'. Use your University username or email as your user name.

What happens next?

If your request is successful:

  • Online journal articles and some chapters will be emailed to you.
  • You will be sent an email when print material e.g. books, some chapters, print articles or theses are available for collection or to view in the Library.
  • We are unable to forward print items to an external address
  • Some books and most theses are lent to us on the condition that they are read only in the library.
  • The loan period for books is usually 5 weeks but may vary. See important information on Renewal and return of DDS items

How long does it take?

We cannot guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period.

  • Most journal articles articles arrive within a few days but may take longer.
  • Many books arrive within a week or two but may take longer.
  • If we have to source an item from abroad it may take several weeks.

You can check the status of your request by logging into the Document Delivery Service and select ‘History’. Under ‘Recent Requests’ you can see those still in progress.

What is the Document Delivery Service (DDS)?

The Document Delivery Service (DDS) enables you to request material not in stock in the Library and we will try to obtain it for you. We recommend that you use LibrarySearch and tick the option 'Also show results without full text’ to identify what you need. Then, use one of the following options to automatically complete a request form for you:

  • Request Article
  • Request Book (see also Renewal and return of DDS items)
  • Request Book Chapter
  • Request Conference Proceeding
  • Request Thesis (check EThOS for doctoral theses before making a request)

If the item you want is not in your LibrarySearch results or the result is 'No records found' you can make a request directly at the Document Delivery Service web site.

See the video or guidance notes below on how to use the service.

Use LibrarySearch to request the item you need

  1. Login to the University Portal and select LibrarySearch
  2. Search for the title of your article, chapter or book etc. using the ‘Search Everything’ option.
  3. If there are still no results or if your item isn’t listed in the results, under ‘Tweak your results’ on the right of the screen, tick ‘Also show results without full text’. Then click the magnifying glass to search again.
  4. If the item you want appears in the results but there is no access to it, select ‘If no access – click for ‘How to get it’.
    Tip: if the item you want is not listed in the results - use a blank 'Document Delivery Service' form.
  5. Select: ‘Request Article’ (or Book, Book Chapter or Thesis, depending on the item you want).
  6. Login with your DDS (Clio) username and password. See more login guidance on the left.
  7. Read and accept the conditions on the request form.
  8. Complete any missing data e.g., journal title or page numbers if they are missing, or thesis author which is often missing.
  9. Click Submit.