LSU LIBRARIES INGENTA POLICY
March 2, 2007
Revised April 2013
Ingenta is a database that allows patrons to search more than 4.5 million citations from over 13,500 journals. It is offered by the LSU Libraries to expand patrons’ access to scholarly research. Graduate students, faculty and staff may order a wide variety of articles and citations for academic research purposes. Electronic document delivery is available through Ingenta. The Libraries will subsidize purchases up to $50.00 per article – the total number of articles ordered should not exceed reasonable use restrictions.
1. REASONABLE USE OF LSU INGENTA
For several years, the LSU Libraries has subsidized journal articles to extend information access. Most LSU Ingenta users employ the system reasonably, but a few exploit it. Less than a dozen users account for more than 40 percent of Ingenta expenditures. The difference in article cost is not the reason for this excess. Examples of abuse include:
- Users who order numerous articles monthly or hundreds of articles in a few months on research topics, entire journal issues of articles on a myriad of subjects, popular topics, and other non-research subjects. Orders will be subsidized only for articles relevant to research and instruction that are not available in the LSU Libraries.
- Users who order duplicate articles repeatedly and disregard the notices and instructions on avoiding duplication sent to them monthly.
Please use the system reasonably and urge your colleagues to do so. Funds are limited and cannot support abusive use. To continue the LSU Ingenta program without restrictions, it is essential that library users make appropriate use of the system in accordance with this revised policy and existing Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) and Document Delivery policies.
Users who consistently abuse the system will be advised and may be subject to charges or loss of subsidized unmediated ordering privileges.
For articles not needed immediately, the LSU Libraries may be able to acquire them from other libraries at no cost. When your needs are not immediate, please submit your requests electronically using ILLiad, the LSU Libraries’ online Interlibrary Borrowing program.
2. IMPLEMENTATION OF FEES
Charges for specific Ingenta requests will be billed to users as follows:
- Duplicate orders of the same article by the same user will be billed as
- On the first instance of duplication, a letter will advise the user of impending charges;
- Once advised, future duplicate orders will be billed to the individual.
To avoid duplicate ordering:
- Only issue the order command once. Do not repeat the process or hit the keys twice. This may result in a duplicate order.
- If an article has not arrived in 36 hours, contact the ILB office at 578-2138. Do not reorder through Ingenta.
- Retain a record of the articles you have ordered to avoid future charges.
- The LSU Ingenta gateway includes a "track orders" feature that allows you to check the articles marked for ordering. This should assist you in avoiding duplicate orders.
3. REPROGRAPHIC CONCERNS
Other libraries and document delivery suppliers can reduce problems you may have with poor images, illegible printing, etc.
- Articles including images, formulas, and charts may not reproduce satisfactorily.
- The LSU Libraries can obtain such articles from other libraries or other document delivery suppliers, but these orders must be placed through ILLiad.
- Advise ILB of your concerns in the notes section of the ILLiad electronic request form. They will strive to obtain a better reproduction from another source. Delivery may be slower from these sources.
- LSU Ingenta delivers articles to your desktop when publishers have granted permission for electronic delivery.
4. COST SHARING
The LSU Libraries historically has shared ILB costs with faculty, researchers, and students when information needs have been extensive.
- Please contact your library liaison if you are working on a project that requires extensive information not available in the Libraries' collections. Your liaison will work with you and Interlibrary Borrowing staff to reach an equitable cost sharing agreement.
- Please refer to the Ingenta description page for access instructions.