Even when you're not at Carleton, you can still use the library's online resources (e.g., subscriptions to journals, bibliographic databases). Just log in first to the proxy server and you'll be able to access the library's resources as if you were here.
When you need to read an article, working paper, or book but you can't find it in the Libe's collections, you have more options than pulling out your wallet. The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service makes it possible for the library to borrow materials from other libraries for you to use.
Look for links to ILL or Illiad (which is the name of our ILL software) from article databases, which will lead you to a request form. You can also go directly to ILL from the library web site (home page > login/your accounts > InterLibrary Loan), where you can also check the status of your requests. Articles take a few days and books around a week. You'll get an email when your item is ready.
The authoritative source (besides talking to a librarian) on Carleton's journal subscriptions is the Journals List. When you have identified a journal article that you want to read, follow the steps below. (It looks best if you click the "full" link to view in full screen mode).
At the very first stages of your literature review, start taking notes on potential data sources. Make a habit of jotting down the data used in each study you read to make it faster when you come back later in your search for data. Also, this practice can help you see and articulate how your contribution is unique. You might want to keep these notes in a table like the following for easy reference.
|Author(s) and Year of Publication||Claim||Data||Dependent Variable/Estimation Technique||Significant Findings|
See an example of this practice in action: