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Journal Editor Resources: Cite-Checking

This guide is intended to capture essential information for journal cite-checkers and incorporate library policies started in 2021.

Contact the Reference Desk

Biddle Reference Librarians are available to help with any journal-related questions.

Reference Desk & Chat:

Mon - Fri. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (ET)

If you have questions outside of Reference hours, you can always send us an email at

To chat with a librarian, you can use the form below (visible when chat is online) or follow the "Chat with a Librarian" links from the library's homepage.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Using Interlibrary Loans for Journal Cite-Checking

If you have looked for a book, article, or other item and were unable to find it at either Biddle or Van Pelt, you may need to request it through Interlibrary Loan(ILL). 

For Associate Editors

**Remember that ONLY Research Editors should place ILL requests for your Journal**

To assist your Research Editor in placing the request correctly, please provide as much information as possible about the source. If it is a book, you will want to be sure to include the correct edition and publisher (if known and relevant) to avoid accidentally obtaining the wrong copy.

Additionally, if it is possible to narrow the request to a specific set of pages or page ranges, it may be easier (and faster) to request delivery as a scan of pages from the book rather than having the physical copy shipped to Biddle. 

For Research Editors

When an associate editor reports that an item cannot be obtained from Biddle or Van Pelt, use the "Held by Libraries Worldwide" filter in Search Center.  When you locate the material, use the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button.  Use the Penn Law Default Login.  For scanned pages, include the page number range in the Comments field.  Also please indicate that the ILL request is for journal cite-checking and give the name of your journal in the Comments field.  

When physical books are received via ILL, they will be held at the Circulation Desk on Closed Reserve as described below.  Scanned pages will be delivered via your law journal's Penn+Box site.


ILL Circulation Policies

Interlibrary Loan Circulation Policies

Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan will not circulate, but will instead be held at the Biddle Law Library's Circulation Desk in Closed Reserve. They will be available for cite-checkers to view and scan in the library, but must be returned to the Circulation Desk after use. This ensures that your journal does not accrue extensive overdue fees for late or lost ILL materials.