Michigan State University

MARS: the MSU Article Retrieval Service

Free document delivery for MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students

This new service provides copies of non-electronic journal articles and individual book chapters that the MSU Libraries own to MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students for personal research. Documents will be made available through your library account.

To submit a request, logon to the Libraries' ILLiad system and select “Article Request”.  This will open another window where you will be prompted for your library account information.  Please complete the form as fully as possible.  This service is also available through many of the libraries’ online databases.  Telephone requests are not accepted. Questions about this service should be directed to InterLibrary Services at (517) 884-6398.

PLEASE NOTE: Copyright Guidelines prohibit the Library from photocopying multiple articles from the same issue of a journal.

If an article cannot be scanned successfully, a photocopy will be made and it will be mailed to you.

Requests are typically satisfied in 2 to 3 business days. Please assist us in maintaining relatively quick service by observing the following procedural guidelines:

  1. All requests must be submitted via the form provided on the Web.
  2. Only one request per order form will be accepted. Multiple requests on a single form will be returned.
  3. The following bibliographic information must be included:
    • For journal articles, supply the journal title, volume and issue number, date, pages to be scanned. An author and title of the article is desired but not required.
    • For a book chapter, supply the author and title of the book, the publisher, date of publication, author and title of the chapter needed and pages to be copied.

NB: Incomplete or incorrect citations cannot be processed.

  1. Requests are handled as they are received.
  2. If the MSU copy is unavailable at the time of the request we will arrange to obtain it from another library. This may add another 2-3 days before the request is fulfilled.