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Introduction

You can obtain articles: by requesting articles via inter-library lending (ILL)


For users of the VUB and ULB library the "Catalogue of articles" (ADB) is the one-stop shop for consulting printed and electronic journals: searching, requesting and/or viewing articles. The VUB has 2.500 current periodical subscriptions. The university library policy is to make as many periodicals as possible available electronically via ADB. In the long run the library will move from print and electronic subscriptions to electronic-only subscriptions (starting from 2002?).


Authentication is based on IP adress recognition by the publisher or VUBnet NetID and password. An IP-adress is a particular string of numbers. All PCs at the VUB campus comply with an IP range which is particular to our institution. We have given the publishers our IP ranges in order to have access to their publications. Some publishers (also) authenticate using a password. Due to maintenance problems, however, this is not a realistic solution for the library: if distributed to the users the library cannot guarantee the secrecy of the passwords . More information about EZ-proxy.



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Catalogue of articles (ADB): the one-stop shop for articles

For VUB and ULB users the "Catalogue of articles" (ADB) is the one-stop shop for consulting printed and electronic journals: searching, requesting and/or viewing of articles. The "Catalogue of articles" (Article DataBase = ADB) contains the table of contents of the most important international periodicals (> 14.000 periodicals) with a backlist until 1995. ADB is multidisciplinary and exceeds in number of listed titles other commercial products like Web of Science and Current Contents.


Our subscription agent Swets Information Services provides the data for the ADB catalogue which is located on our library server. The catalogue is searchable with the well-known Vubis dialogues - which are also used to search the library catalogue - and contains holdings information for the VUB and ULB (in the near future the ULB will also use ADB ). The database currently contains 10 million article descriptions and is updated daily with the inclusion of 8000 articles !


V-link offers linksto title and article descriptions.



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Requesting reprints from the reprint author via Current Contents (Request-A-Print)

By downloading the PrintRAP Utility (Request-A-Print) forms may be generated to request reprints from the reprint author based upon an article descriptions from Current Contents. Please consult the readme file (readme.txt) before installing Request-A-Print (rap.exe) (notice: be sure to have the proper rights to install new software on the pc you are currently using).


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Unicat

Unicat is a catalog of Belgian scientific libraries (eg universities, colleges, heritage institutions, museums, KB). It contains bibliographic descriptions of both magazines, books and multimedia. Relevant for the user in the region of Brussels are the holdings of the VUB, ULB and the Royal library Albert I (KBR) in Unicat ( a detailed user guide for Unicat you find here). The VUB and ULB reading rooms in Etterbeek (excluding the medical libraries) are within walking distance of each other (15 to 20 minutes). In addition both libraries have made arrangements for reciprocal use of their libraries. Some journals are acquired and managed by departments or scientitific units. Registration and an annual fee are required to use the Royal library (no lending: on the spot consultation only). Collectively the three libraries have a collection of more than 5.000 journals, so there is every likelihood that you will find what you are looking for. A complete overview of periodicals in Belgian libraries may be found in Unicat. From Unicat it is possible to use the V-Link button to verify whether an electronic version is available, and to place ILL- requests for items that are not available in the university.


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Article descriptions found via external databases

Several bibliographical databases are available on the information market. Some are specialized, others are multidisciplinary. Elsewhere on our website a full list of relevant bibliographic databases may be found (alphabetical and by subject). Some databases are funded by the Flemish government and are available for all scientific libraries in Flanders (Elektron project).


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Using inter-library lending

When a article is not available in one of the three libraries, it is recommended to use inter-library lending (ILL). The Central library and Medical library of the VUB have inter-library lending services (for articles from journals not listed in the VUB catalogue only). A registered user can fill in an online ILL request. The request includes bibliographical information about the article and personal information about the applicant. An ILL request may also be filed via the ILL desk of the library.


It is recommended to use the Catalogue of articles to formulate an ILL request. Use the retrieval software for an ILL request for listed articles. Unicat also offers an ILL request module. If the journal and /or article cannot be found in ADB or Antilope, the user may use the self-service of the university library personalized services. Once the request has been transmitted to the ILL service, the library may inform you electronically about further dispatching. EAs soon as the article has arrived, the user is invited to collect the article from the ILL desk or the article is sent to the user by mail. But in most cases the user can download an electronic version of the article (Portable Document Format -- PDF requires installation of Acrobat Reader software ) from the VirLib server. The ILL service is not free of charge. Fees are included as part of the ILL rules .



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