ILL is a free service! If BU Libraries does not have the book or article you want, ILL will allow you to get it from another library.
To use ILL, log into ILLiad at: https://illiad.lib.binghamton.edu/illiad/ and fill out the information form. Once your account is set up you can use the links for your item or fill out the form found in your ILLiad account for the item you want.
Go to the InterLibrary Loan homepage for more information on Inter-Library Loan (such as policies, due dates, etc.)
Google Scholar promotes itself as a resource that provides one-stop shopping for scholarly literature. It searches across many disciplines and covers a wide variety of resources, including journal articles, theses, books, abstracts, and more. Although Google Scholar is aimed at the academic community, it uses a very broad definition of "scholarly literature." Remember that the content isn't free or necessarily available in full-text. It is important to realize that not everything, or even most, in Google Scholar is peer reviewed.
If you find an article you like that has a pay wall, don't pay - see if the library has it or request it through ILL. You can customize Google Scholar to display the GetIt@BU link so you can get access to some articles through the library.
The GetIt@BU link will automatically occur in Google Scholar searches done on campus. For off campus users:
1. Go to Google Scholar at http://scholar.google.com.
2. Before doing a search click on the Settings icon at the top of the page.
3. Type "Binghamton University" in the the "Library Links" box and select "Binghamton Universit - Get It @ BU."
4. Click Save.
5. The GetIt@BU link will now appear each time you search Google Scholar. (If you are off campus, you will need to log in once you click the GetIt@BU link to get access.)