Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
Welcome to the comps process. This guide contains links and tips for assembling your literature review, searching for data, and organizing the process along the way.
Questions? I am available for appointments. Check my schedule and let me know what time you would like me to set aside. For quick questions, stop by the Research/IT Desk or reach me by chat, email or phone.
Developing a Topic
Off Campus Access
Even when you're not on campus, 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.
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Search for library materials, especially books, that Carleton may not have. You can include searches for articles if desired. When you find something you want, order it through ILL by clicking on the "Request item through InterLibrary Loan" link.