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After reviewing this information, you will be able to:

  • Use MavScholar to find articles at other libraries
  • Request articles from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service

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Get Articles from Other Libraries

Get Articles from Other Libraries

In addition to all the materials we have access to via MSU's Library Services, you also have access to more materials from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service, or ILL. This service is provided free of charge to MSU students, faculty, and staff. Use the information below to find and request articles from other libraries.

First, go the the library's homepage. Use the "MavScholar" search bar in the center of the screen to search for your article. 

use the mavscholar search in the center of the page to search for articles

You can use advanced searches to search by author, title, or publication date to more quickly find your item.

use the filters in the advanced search option to search by author title discipline or language

If you're having difficulty finding the article, click the "Results beyond your library's collection" option near the top of the page. 

if you still can't find your item, check the add results beyond your library's collection option

If you still can't find your item, is it possible you're looking for a book?

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Once you find the article, click on the title. 

click on the title of an article to access or request it

For some sources, you will need to click the "Request" button. 

some articles will direct you to an information page. click the request button to request these articles

Otherwise, a new page will open. Find and click the link labeled "Interlibrary Loan and/or Request." 

on the new page find and click the link marked interlibrary loan and or request

You will be brought to a login page. Login using the number from the barcode on the back of your MavCard for your User ID, and your last name for your Password. 

use the barcode number on the back of your mavcard for your user ID and your last name for your password

The form on the next page should automatically fill in the article's information, but double check the information to make sure it is correct. 

double check the information for the article to make sure it is correct. If you have any notes about the interlibrary loan, put it in the notes section.

Once you're sure all the information is correct, confirm the copyright statement by checking the box, and click the "Go" button to submit. 

chck the box for the copyright statement and click go when you are ready to submit your request

The next page should say "ILL request was registered."

Look for the confirmation that the ILL request was registered

If you requested an article, it's likely you will receive access instructions via your MavMail email address.

The image below is an example of an ILL email you might receive. In the message, there will be a link and password. Click the link and use the password to access your article.

use the link and password given to open your article. The email will also have further directions for how to access your ILL

Warning: Access to the article expires in a few days. Be sure to download your article right away or you will lose access to it!

Renew or Cancel an ILL

To renew or cancel an ILL, you'll need to go to your "My Library Account." You can find the link on the library's homepage. 

search for the link that says my library account, usually just under the mavscholar search

Login to your account. Use the 14 digit barcode number from the back of your MavCard for your username, and your last name for your password. 

use your last name for your password and the 14 digit barcode number from the back of your mavcard to login

Once logged in, navigate to the "ILL Requests" tab to see your current loans and requests. 

navigate to ILL requests tab under your account options.

Once in this window, select which of your ILL items you wish to alter by checking the small box by the title. Then, select either the "Renew" or "Cancel" buttons to renew or cancel your ILL request.

use the links to select either renew or cancel for one or all interlibrary loan items

Other ILL Information and Requests

If you have any more questions about ILLs, or need to request something in a different way, check out the Interlibrary Loan's page .

If you have any trouble, please talk to a librarian.

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