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Tips for Requesting Items

Requests for document delivery services may be made in person or via email. E-mails MUST include your name, department or program, contact information and method of delivery.
 

Send all e-mail requests to: virginia@gwu.edu

 

Citations should be as complete as possible. For a book request please include title, author, volume or edition, and publication date. When requesting journal articles please include article title, author, journal title, volume, publication date, page numbers and any other necessary information. Dissertations should include the author's full name, the full title, year and the institution if known. Please see the dissertation policy below.

When requesting materials please remember to identify yourself. Include a phone number or e-mail address and specify how you would like to receive your materials.

Books can be: (1) picked up at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library or (2) mailed to your home or office (please include mailing address, takes at least 2 working days). This service is only available to students enrolled at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus Faculty and Staff.

Articles can be: (1) picked up at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library, (2) mailed to your home or office (please include mailing address, takes at least 2 working days) or (3) scanned and sent as an attachment to an e-mail message** (please include your e-mail address). As with books, this service is only available to students enrolled at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus Faculty and Staff.

Dissertations: (1) Many dissertations are available at no cost via the database, Dissertations & Theses Online. Our staff can assist you with finding and downloading the PDF files. (2) If the dissertation is unavailable online we will attempt to borrow it from a lending library at no cost to you. Request it as you would order any other book. (3) If the dissertation still cannot be obtained, we will provide instructions on how you can purchase a copy, when available from a commercial service. Please understand that it is very difficult to obtain dissertations from certain US/Canadian schools, and nearly impossible from Europe/Asia.

**Note: You must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader running on your computer to receive scanned articles. Adobe® Acrobat® Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that lets you view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If you do not have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader software installed on your computer, click here to go to the Adobe Web site and download the latest version.

Questions? Please contact the Circulation/Document Delivery Staff: (571) 553-8230 or virginia@gwu.edu

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