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The Sofia Discovery tool is designed to find physical and digital items such as books, journals, journal articles, dissertations/theses, audiovisual and audio material, microforms, etc.

Users may select one of three levels to narrow their search results with Sofia:

  • Concordia University (default level)
  • Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec (academic libraries in Quebec)
  • Libraries Worldwide

You may therefore search for items beyond Concordia's physical and digital collections.

When you sign in however, immediate access is limited to Concordia's licenced digital content.

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Accessing items beyond Concordia's collection

If you expand your search to include academic libraries in Quebec or libraries worldwide, you will see when items are also available in print or digital format at Concordia. In the "Access Options" panel, on the right, there will be a few options for you to request items beyond Concordia's collection:

If you expand your search to include university libraries in Quebec, you will sometimes see a "request item" button with "Available from Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec".

Link in Sofia to request item from a Quebec university

If you expand your search to libraries worldwide, you will be given the option to "request via Interlibrary loan".

Link in Sofia to request the book from beyond Quebec

You will also be able to request scans of book chapters or print articles through the "Chapter scan/Put on reserve" button.

Link in Sofia to request a chapter or article scan
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