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If you've ever spent a considerable amount of time researching a topic, you might need help acquiring those hard-to-find articles! Paid Wisconsin Alumni Association members may receive e-mail reference services from a UW-Madison librarian. And, upon request, library staff can help to locate — then copy and deliver by e-mail — a limited number of articles that are owned in print in campus libraries.

  • Articles and book chapters up to 50 pages in length are scanned and delivered via e-mail.
  • Articles from journals or books owned in print by campus libraries may be requested.
  • As many as three articles per week may be requested. You must submit one request per article.
  • Articles are provided for personal or educational use. Businesses and corporations may use UW-Madison's fee-based services.
  • Notice Concerning Copyright Restrictions
    The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
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