Answered By: Maureen Barney
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020     Views: 1842

Please note: As of April 25th, 2020, you will not be able to request materials through interlibrary loan at the Concordia University - Portland libraries. Please contact your local public library about requesting materials or email us at for help locating full text sources on your research topic.

This is a great question!

No, Concordia does not expect students to purchase articles that we don't own. While our database subscriptions don't provide full text to all journals or issues of journals, we are able to get copies for current students, faculty, and staff through interlibrary loan. You can submit a request form, and the library staff will request a copy of the article from a library that does have access. It will be emailed to you as a PDF.

More information and request options can be found on the main library website at:

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    Comments (2)

    1. Having the ability to order a copy of an article is fantastic, however, it doesn't help very much when you need to view the article now. Being an online student I don't have the luxury of visiting the library. And to order an article and wait a day or more is not helpful. This appears to be for most articles I end up searching for. Is there a more robust way of obtaining and view articles for online students?
      by John on Oct 25, 2014.
    2. Thank you for your comment! We understand that, if you don’t have time to wait for an article, the interlibrary loan service isn’t helpful. However, there are different strategies you can use to locate a resource that will work for you.

      • Choose another database: Our article databases (there are many!) each provide access to different journals:

      • Search our catalog: Use the Books, Articles, and More tab to search many databases at once. This video (the last 45 seconds, from 1:30-2:12) shows you how:

      • Check your search terms: the words you use in your search determine your results. Maybe your search needs different keywords? See this Search Tips page for ideas:

      • Ask a librarian: we help students with their searches (what words to use, where to search, etc.) all day long and we can help you find full text articles.

      • Limit your search to full text only: see below.

      Most of our databases provide full text access to articles—but not always. Sometimes you’ll find citation-only or abstract-only entries. Whether an article is available in full text for immediate access depends on the database you are searching and the journal in which the article is published.

      You can limit the results of your search to include only documents with full text, thus eliminating any citation-only and abstract-only articles. Each database vendor (EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Gale, etc.) has a different appearance, but the option to limit to “full text” is usually present on the advanced search page. If you click it, and perform a search, the only citations returned will include a link to the article in full text.

      Keep in mind that there is a downside to limiting searches to include only full text articles. If you do this you won’t see any citations for content that might be available in other databases. That means you’ll have to search each database individually to find the most content in full text.
      by Kim Read on Oct 28, 2014.

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