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Faculty Services @ Spiva Library

A guide explaining information literacy across the curriculum and the role the library plays in helping students learn how to acquire, manage, analyze, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to be successful in their careers and life.


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What is an eReserve?

eReserves, or electronic reserves, are course reserve readings that are made accessible electronically

Links to exisiting digital content is provided, or content can be scanned and made accessible as .pdf files


Faculty and instructors can easily reuse material from semester to semester and for multiple courses

Eliminate the need for making multiple print copies

Accommodating differing study habits by making materials available 24 hours a day

Research indicates that students read more of the assigned material if the readings are available online.


Can, I put personal copies on Reserve?

Yes, personal copies may be placed on reserve at the owner's own risk.

After these materials are brought to the Circulation Desk, they are catalogued for Reserve and receive barcodes and magnetic detection strips.

A Reserve Request Form must be completed for each item.

Can I put photocopies on Reserve?

Yes, instructors may provide the library with an appropriate number of photocopies of articles for reserve.

Materials placed on reserve must comply with appropriate sections of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17: United States Code) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - "Copyright Applies to Everyone," including "fair use" provisions (pages 22-35)

It is the instructor's responsibility to obtain copyright permission through the Copyright Clearance Center - 1-978-750-8400 or - or directly from the author or publisher and submit permission letters to the circulation department. A sample copyright permission letter is available at the main circulation desk.

Examples of acceptable Reserve materials

  • Book chapters and journal articles that meet "fair use" guidelines.
  • Instructor-prepared exams, problem solutions, sample papers, and class syllabi.
  • Library books, CDs or DVDs.
  • Instructor owned books, CDs or DVDs.

Examples of unacceptable Reserve materials

  • Book chapters and journal articles that were on reserve for one semester that do not have the acceptable copyright permission from the author or publisher to remain on reserve another semester.
  • Course/reading packets (anthologies)

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