You need to register for RACER before you can start using it.

Always search the library catalogue for the title of the book or journal you want before requesting material from RACER. Requests for material available or accessible in electronic format at Carleton will be cancelled.

The Research Help staff can help you find books and journal articles available at the library. You can also check the University of Ottawa catalogue or borrow directly from the University of Ottawa libraries. Material may be freely available online, so try a quick Google search if you haven't already.

Submit only one RACER request per item. Multiple requests for the same item will be cancelled without notification.

Tips for Using RACER

  • Provide the ISBN or ISSN in the required field.
  • Use the Blank Request form if you can’t find the item on RACER.
  • Use the Notes field only if you need to give us specific instructions related to your request.
  • Make sure the article you want is in a language you can read (check the language field in your citation). You will often see abstracts and titles in English, while the article is in another language.
    • Please use the Notes field to confirm you want a non-English article.
  • You don't have to request an item from a specific location. ILL staff will determine which location can supply the item the quickest.
  • When you select a record from RACER's Search Results, that record is used to request form; we don't necessarily get the item from that location.
  • You can only request known items. We don't accept requests for subject searches.

Need More Help Using RACER?

Try the RACER Guide from Scholar's Portal.