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Law Journals' Guide to Source & Cite

This guide is designed to help journal students locate and request materials for source and cite checking assignments.

When to use ILL

When to use ILL

Students should use interlibrary loan when they would like to use an item that is not available to them at Northwestern University. The library will attempt to obtain an item from another library.  These scenarios include:

1. A book that a Northwestern library does not own or is missing.

2. A book that a Northwestern library owns but has been checked out. 

3. A section or chapter from a book that is not available at any Northwestern Library.

4. An article that is not available electronically or is only available in print at a Northwestern Library other than the law library.


Making an ILL Request

Making an ILL Request

Log into your interlibrary loan account (ILLiad) using your net ID and password.

There are 2 forms through which students can place requests - one for books and one for articles or chapters of books. Please make only one request per form.

When placing an interlibrary loan request for a source and cite assignment, please indicate in the notes field what article you are sourcing. (Ex. NULR 112.6 - Peery).

Within the forms, enter as much citation information as possible. Please do not use abbreviations.  You can search WorldCat for the correct edition of the book. It is most helpful if you include the OCLC number (located in the Details section at the bottom of an item record on WorldCat)


Only submit requests for newspaper articles if they are not available anywhere electronically.  Bluebook Rule 16.8 states that where print sources are difficult to obtain, citation can be made to an electronic source.  This means for many newspaper requests you can use the online version.  If an online version is not available, you can submit an ILL request.  You must provide the complete date (month, day, and year) and page range. Requests cannot be completed without a date and page number. If you cannot find a page number, ask a reference librarian for help.

Getting your ILL request

Getting your ILL request

You will receive an email when your request is available. Articles will be delivered electronically. Books will be available for pickup at the law circulation desk.

Please note that items may take anywhere from two days to two weeks or longer to arrive. The turn-around time depends on how many copies are available among other libraries, how long the lending library takes to process the request, shipping time, etc.

Returning ILL Books

Returning your ILL books

The library that sent the book will determine the date by which it has to be returned. We will automatically request renewals from the library that owns them as due dates approach.

If a lending library requests that a book be returned, we will contact the student who made the request. Please return books to the circulation desk. Our failure to send back items that another library has loaned to us may prevent us from borrowing from them again. Lost books may result in fines for the journal. Otherwise, once the journal is finished with interlibrary loan books, please return them to the circulation desk.