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Course Reserves & TIP: Scanning: Articles or chapters

Information about the Libraries' course reserves service and MIT's TIP (Textbook Information Provisioning) service


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Course Site (CMS) Assistance

Need more information to help manage your course site? The following pages include rich information resources to help faculty and teaching staff with course sites.

Submit requests for article & chapter scans

 Submit your request through the Libraries Scan and Deliver service

Find the item you want in Barton and then click the Request digital copy. If an electronic version is available, you will be brought to a page with a brief description of and link to the resource.

If the item is not available electronically, you will be brought to the Libraries' "suggest a purchase" form for an e-copy or chapter/article scan. Libraries staff will find the best option available.

  • Please check that the citation information is correct and then add article or chapter citation information -
    • Author
    • Journal volume and year or book title
    • Article title or chapter number
    • Page numbers when possible.

Please review this information and guidelines to determine whether the item you are requesting meets US Copyright fair use provision before submitting your request.

If the Libraries do not own a journal or book from which you need a scan of an article or chapter, you may request it through our Resource Sharing department using ILLiad. See the Libraries' Document Services page for more information about when and how to use ILLiad services.

Link to or upload content from electronic resources

Getting a persistent link

There are two ways to obtain a persistent URL (also known as a GetURL) or DOI (another way publishers provide persistent URLs). Please see the Libraries guide on linking to articles to learn more. This information also applies to e-books.

There are publishers who do not allow linking to resources. If you encounter such a resource, you may download the article you need and directly upload it to your course site.


Obtaining an article or chapter scan for an item the MIT Libraries do not own

  • Articles and book chapters that meet meet the Fair Use provision of U.S. copyright law may be requested through the Libraries Resource Sharing service
    • Resource Sharing staff will look for a copy at another library which typically takes 3-5 days but may take longer 
    • When you receive the document from Resource Sharing, you may upload the PDF to your course site (CMS).