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Writing an Honor's Thesis in Japanese Studies: Sources Beyond CU

Finding Books & Journal Articles around the World


How these Systems Work: Fastest to Slowest:

Prospector Prospector Libraries can often deliver a book in 2 days or less. Use Prospector when a book you want at CU is already checked out. Search for a book >> See if libraries other can CU-Boulder have it >> Click "Request It" >> Choose "Alliance UC-Boulder" *note that CU is listed as UC* >> enter your identikey, password, and where on campus you want the book delivered.
Mobius Mobius is an extenstion of Prospector, it works nearly identical. You will enter your CU identikey and password, but ignore the fields asking for a library ID and submit your request.
Interlibrary Loan Illiad is a special system that allows you to borrow books or recieve scans of scholarly journal articles from around the world. ILLiad is necessary to take advantage of the resources below. All students, faculty, and staff must initally register on CU's Illiad system to take advantage of the service. While physical items can take some time arrive, digital scans (PDFs) can be available within the same day.
WorldCat The "World Catalog" will search most libraries in the developed world simultaneously. It's best for books and multimedia, while individual articles and chapter can be more difficult to fine. Use ILLiad to request items you find in WorldCat.
Japanese Libraries There are several databases in Japan that can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and multimedia that work better than WorldCat. Using these databases, you can request the materials you find through ILLiad.