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Several classes of materials may not be available through normal interlibrary loan sources. Some of these items may be unique and available only from a single source. Please read the appropriate section if you are requesting materials in the following classes:

  • Dissertations and theses

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to know in advance whether it will be possible to borrow a particular thesis or dissertation from a particular university through interlibrary loan. Most universities will lend a paper copy of a masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation if a paper copy is available. However, some universities will not lend paper copies at all. Even those universities that will lend paper copies may not have paper copies after a particular date, and only an electronic copy may exist. Whether you will be able to access that electronic copy varies according to the policies of the individual university. Some electronic copies may be available through the Web, others may not.

  • ERIC documents

    The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.2 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents issued 1993-present are freely available in the ERIC from the U.S. Department of Education .

  • Media materials (Educational/Research)

    Requests for media materials (videos, DVDs, compact discs, etc.) should be for educational/research purposes. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Sharon Gotkiewicz at 540-231-9202.

    All media materials are subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) and must comply with federal copyright law and other applicable state and federal laws in regards to duplication, exhibition, and distribution.



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