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last updated: 10/3/2012

Document delivery for rush and hard to find (Chemistry Library)

Document Delivery Sources for Rush and Hard to Get Items

Rush Article Requests:

When time is short and you need that article now because of a close deadline the staff of the Chemistry Library can consult with you and try to obtain the article for you, sometimes directly from a commercial document delivery service. Often the turnaround time is within 24 hours or less. There is no charge to the user. Please see Roger Beckman or Tiea Julian for more details.

  • Indiana University Libraries Document Delivery Services
    The Interlibrary Loan Office, a.k.a. Document Delivery Service,  is very successful in filling RUSH requests. They are processed just like normal interlibrary loan journal article requests but with a note about the RUSH situation. Ask our staff about available options.  See for electronic forms and additional information.


U.S. Patents can be obtained from:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Full-text since 1976; full-page images since 1790.


Foreign Patents
Some sources are:

  • Chemical Abstracts Service:  Patents related to chemistry and biochemistry can be found in SciFinder
  • European Patent Office Online

    This site offers free full-text access to the original patents, as well as several ways to search, including a quick keyword search, advanced search, and European classification search. 

  • International patent online

    World Intellectual Property Organization holds 1.7 million published international patent applications from 1978.


  • Indiana University Libraries Document Delivery Services
    If the patron is not in a hurry and doesn't want to keep the thesis, Interlibrary Loan is usually pretty successful at obtaining theses and dissertations. If it is not available from another library and available from ProQuest, ILL will buy a microfiche copy at no cost to the patron. It could take 3-4 weeks to get a microfiche copy from ProQuest. Call them for more information on which libraries will lend.
  • ProQuest
    If you (or the advisor) are willing to pay for the thesis or dissertation, you can order it from ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses Abstracts (formerly "UMI's Dissertation Abstracts International"). A copy of the thesis can be ordered in PDF, hardback, paperback, or on microfiche. The prices vary (as of 7/09 the price is $36 for web download (PDF), $43 for unbound paper copy, and $58 for softcover). It takes approximately a week or more to receive the thesis not in PDF format. The time required depends on the format. Unbound copies can be obtained the quickest. You may order online or by calling 1-800-521-0600 extension 7044 or email to

    Also, dissertations and theses from the schools in the CIC (Big Ten plus University of Chicago) are free for IU users to access (full-text PDF) through ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses Abstracts.  Though there is no way to limit search results to the CIC, you can limit searches by specific schools.  The CIC schools are: University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Technical reports are sometimes available through Interlibrary Loan, but not often. For those who want to pay for a copy, use:

  • NTIS
    Documents can be ordered via the NTIS database at or by calling 1-800-553-NTIS.  As of July 2009, standard shipping is $6 (plus cost of document) and takes a week or so.  Rush shipping is sent by overnight courier for an additional fee (plus cost of document) and takes 2 days or so. Most items are available in paper copy or CD-ROM.

last updated: 10/3/2012