Obtaining newspaper articles through ILL can be time-consuming and expensive, and often a source for the requested articles cannot be found at all. In today’s electronic world, most libraries are not retaining or offering via interlibrary loan hardcopy or microfilm back files. The versions of newspaper articles that most researchers access through electronic sources are often not the same as hardcopy versions, making it more difficult to find a hardcopy equivalent. In addition, researchers often cite to small town newspapers or wire service stories that are available electronically but hard to find in hardcopy. Although the Law Library specifically requests copies from hardcopy or microfilm, lending libraries often disregard this information and send us a copy from an electronic source.
As explained in the cite-checking guide (under Finding Newspaper Articles), it can be a good strategy to find an alternate article with essentially the same content. If that is not an option, the Law LIbrary will have a greater chance of finding newspaper articles in hardcopy or microform if you provide the following information:
Before making an ILL request, please search the library catalog to verify the Law Library does not own the item.
Download either version of the ILL request form (PDF or Word), fill it out, and save a copy for your records.
Email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed forms also can be submitted at the Law Library's Information Desk.
Clarity and detail will expedite the processing of your request.