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Medical Student Resources

Special Interlibrary Program for Medical Students

We realize that the Duke libraries may not have all the journals that we need to support your learning at Duke so we are providing  interlibrary loans to Medical Students. Since there is a direct cost to interlibrary loans (library fees and staff time), each request will be screened before being processed to ensure that high quality information is accessible and being requested by our students.

The number and type of articles will also be analyzed and shared with the Vice Dean on a regular basis to determine appropriateness of requests as well as costs.

Medical Students should NOT be requesting on behalf of faculty, staff, housestaff, or other Duke students. Those individuals must make their own requests and pay the standard fees.

Students who need to make bulk requests should contact the Library first.

When you make an interlibrary loan article or chapter request, you will need to select “Medical Student” from the dropdown on the form in answer to the question, “Are you willing to pay a fee ($11) if the item is not available at Duke?” You will then receive an e-mail with instructions for completing a brief Qualtrics survey form.

  • You MUST use this form to provide information about why you need this journal article – several requests can be added to the one form
  • Your request(s) will be reviewed as quickly as possible during business days, but there may be a delay of one to two days before the request is approved for processing
  • The article may not be available for 3 to 5 business-days from the date of request, or longer if it is difficult to find a library which owns it   
  • You will be provided with a link to the article if filled or with information about cancellation
  • Reviewers may request additional information from you
  • For expediency, you may opt to skip the review process and pay the standard $11 fee per request at any time by contacting Louis Wiethe (919.660.1138 or send an e-mail to mcldd@mc.duke.edu)

Guidelines for Reviewing ILL Requests from Medical Students

Purpose: Provide access to external content to medical students and help the students make good decisions about the citations being requested for research, patient care and learning.

Approvals: Most requests from high quality journals not available at Duke University will be approved. The number and type of articles will be weighed against the stated purpose and importance of the request, as provided by a medical student in the Qualtrics form.