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WSU Library System Joins Worldwide Resource Sharing Service

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The Wayne State University Library System has always engaged in resource sharing with other libraries, such as borrowing books and journal articles through traditional interlibrary loan (ILL) arrangements. During the past year the WSU Library System (WSULS) has been involved with a new partnership with international libraries called ArticleReach Direct.

ArticleReach allows sharing journal articles between each institution quickly and with little library staff intervention allowing you to get your information more directly. It also allows us to deliver articles from journals within the WSULS collections, saving you a trip to the library shelves.

Joining Wayne State University in this project are Michigan State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, Washington State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown University, Glasgow University (Scotland), and the University of Liverpool (England). The consortium will soon expand to include the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Australian National University. We are excited about the recent addition of the international libraries and the prospect for providing around-the-clock delivery services.

Participating Libraries

These academic libraries have combined their journal collections into one catalog ( to increase availability of each title. Authorized users who cannot locate needed articles online from their own library resources can request digital delivery from one of the print copies located in other member libraries’ collections. Since requests go directly to the lending library instead of being mediated by a person as in traditional interlibrary loan, the request process is faster than ever.

How it Works

When searching for articles, go to and try searching for your article from the Articles and Databases or Online Journals lists and when the search results appear, check for the ArticleLinker icon on the citation.

Clicking the Search for Article icon will display the ArticleLinker web page with options for retrieving your article.

If using Google Scholar, click the “Full-Text @ Wayne State” or “Check Library Holdings” near the citation on your search results page. Either method will initiate a search to locate the cited article online through WSULS databases. If available, a link directly to the article will appear for full-text access.

If there is no immediate electronic access, click the link to “Request Digital Delivery of Article” and your request will be sent. Behind the scenes, someone at one of the partner institutions will scan and deliver the article to the requestor. When article requests are filled, email notices are sent to you with a link to the article, and they are also accessible through your online library accounts at If the request cannot be filled, it will be automatically transferred to the Interlibrary Loan department. Requests transferred to Interlibrary Loan may require extra time to process.

ArticleReach makes getting an article is as simple as saying, “I want it!” Users don’t have to search multiple libraries or databases because they can find what they need in one place. ArticleReach also brings requesting to where patrons need it providing access from online databases through the ArticleLinker (link resolver) service, union catalog, or your library’s online request form ( You may then monitor the article’s delivery status in your online library account or just wait for an email notification.

ArticleReach Usage Statistics

Since the start of the beta rollout of ArticleReach in early 2007 over 11,000 articles have been delivered to WSU students, faculty, and staff from participating libraries, and 6200 articles were scanned and delivered from Wayne State Library journals. WSU Graduate students are the heaviest ArticleReach users (9208 filled requests), followed by WSU Faculty (6561), WSU Undergraduates (2494), and WSU Staff (297). The average turn-around time has been less than 30 hours and approximately 70% of all requests have been filled by ArticleReach libraries, with the remaining 30% transferred to traditional Interlibrary Loan.

Library catalog maintenance March 11 at 3pm

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The library catalog will be down for maintenance beginning Tuesday March 11th for approximately 1-2 hours. During this time we suggest you use MelCat if you need to perform any catalog searches.

Update: The maintenance work is now finished.

New E-Resource: Making of Modern Law: US Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Law Library recently acquired the Making of Modern Law:  U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978 (Digital Collection).  This electronic resource contains 75,000 cases; 200,000 documents and 11,000,000 pages.  It includes the briefs, petitions, oral transcripts and trial transcripts. The digital collection is especially beneficial to faculty and students in law, political science and history, because it provides convenient access to 65 years of the early U.S. Supreme Court activity.  It is accessible campus wide.  Offsite access requires authentication. 

Link to the bib record:

Link to the collection: Making of Modern Law:  U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978

Arthur Neef Law Library Participates in Pilot Project to Allow Free Access to Federal Court Records

Monday, January 7th, 2008

In a joint pilot project of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Government Printing Office, the Arthur Neef Law Library is one of 16 libraries in 14 states to allow free access to federal court records.
The project offers free access to the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. PACER allows users to obtain case file documents, listings of all case parties, judgments and other information from district, bankruptcy and appellate courts online, with the data immediately available for printing or downloading.

PACER normally carries an eight-cents-per-page fee that is used to fund the system’s costs. That fee will be waived for all users, even those who already have PACER accounts, when the system is accessed from the 16 libraries.
The project, which will last up to two years, is part of the judiciary’s continuing effort to expand public access to court records by discovering if a segment of the public desires access to information contained in the PACER system but is unlikely to go to a courthouse or become a PACER user.

For more information or any questions, please contact the Arthur Neef Law Library Reference 313-577-6180.

Library Closure Information for December 22, 23 and 24 and for University closures

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Undergraduate Library, Purdy Kresge Library, Science & Engineering Library, Neef Law Library, Shiffman Medical Library @ Applebaum, and the Shiffman Medical Library @ Rackham will close at 6:00 pm Friday, December 21, 2007 and will reopen to the public at 8:00 am, January 2, 2008. The Shiffman Medical Library @ Scott Hall will be open for limited hours during the break. For a full listing of library hours, including Scott Hall university break hours, please go to:

Visit the WSU Teaching and Learning Blog

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Are you interested in learning more about teaching and learning resources? Or hearing ideas and commentary from faculty and staff associated with the Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University? For those items and more, visit the all new Office for Teaching and learning blog, featuring bloggers OTL faculty fellow Bill Warters, and OTL Program Coordinator, Kristi Jordan.

The blog includes OTL news and events as well as resources for faculty, links to Educause blogs and other ideas to enhance and support teaching and learning.

Visit the blog at:

WILD Down for Upgrade Maintenance Thursday, November 29

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The WILD (interlibrary loan and document delivery) system will be unavailable on Thursday, November 29th from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience. Instead, please use:

• From database citations, click Request Digital Delivery
• From PubMed, use Loansome Doc
• Or, enter requests into

Unaffliated users or for all questions or concerns, please contact us:

General library or main campus users: 313-577-4011
Shiffman Medical Library users: 313-577-1094
Neef Law Library users: 313-577-6170

Current Law Journal Content (CLJC)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Washington and Lee University School of Law provides free access to table of contents of over 1200 law journals. The web address for this service is

This web page provides a high level of customized awareness services. It allows you to view table of contents for law journal issues, keyword search article citations & abstracts sorted by country, and link from an article citation to the full text in Lexis, Westlaw, BEPress, SSRN and other databases.

Dynamically produced RSS feeds of law journals pages are also available. Over 1250 feeds are now included in the ‘cljc.opml’ file placed in the ‘RSS’ folder of the Pipeline Law School and Law Library portal; use your RSS reader to import this file.

This new electronic resource is now included in the “Articles and Databases” page that you can reach by following the “Find Articles and Databases” link of the Law Library home page.

Journal of Tort Law-new e-resource

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The Law Library is pleased to announce the subscription to Journal of Tort Law (JTL) via our BEPress subscription. Its fist issue is already posted.


To access this journal from campus or remotely, you have to search its title via the WSU Libraries Online Journals web page located at

Click on “ResearchNow” link in the retrieved record. The browser will display the Berkeley Electronic Press web page for JTL.


On this page you can also configure several alert services for this resource: e-mail, customized searches (‘bealert’) and RSS feed.


IRAQ Study Group Report

Friday, December 8th, 2006

is now available in pdf format via the online library catalog (search by title)