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How to Place Materials on Online Course Reserve

Print the Online Course Reserve Request Form or obtain a copy at the Oboler Library's Circulation Desk, complete the form, then bring it to the Library along with your materials.

  • Fill in all information
  • Each item must be identified by a complete bibliographic citation:
    1. Author
    2. Title
    3. Item title (if appropriate)
    4. Date of publication (including month and year, if appropriate)
    5. Volume, no., page numbers (if appropriate)

Note: Copying title pages in the front of a book or the title page of a particular journal issue is usually the best way to make a complete bibliographic citation.


Types of materials appropriate for online Course Reserve:

  • Full text articles (or links) from Online journals or databases licensed by the ISU Library
  • Original materials created by the instructor where the instructor owns the copyright, for example test files, lecture notes, solution files, and syllabi
  • Chapter from a book
  • Article from a periodical or newspaper
  • Links to web sites with materials that are covered under copyright law and allowed by license agreement


Types of materials inappropriate for online Course Reserve:

  • Multiple chapters from the same book
  • More than two articles from the same issue of a journal
  • Materials not in compliance with the copyright law or not allowed by license agreement
  • Commercially produced workbooks or instruction manuals with answer keys, or similar products that are excluded from the principles of Fair Use as designated by copyright law
  • Links to web sites that post materials that are not in compliance with copyright law
  • Materials lacking bibliographic citations or copies of the title page


Submitting materials in online format

  • Provide materials in either Microsoft Word or PDF format
  • Provide a complete bibliographic citation (author, title, vol., no., mo., yr, pp.). See the Online Course Reserve Request Form for more details.
  • Include the complete URL/web address to the online material on the Course Reserve Request Form. Provide a persistent link to the material if available. Persistent links are condensed versions of the primary URL/ Web address and are easier to add to the Online Course Reserve system. Not all databases in the Library have persistent links; however, those that do can be found within the article's citation information. Click here for more information about persistent links.
  • Please note that many full-text journal articles are already available online. They can be found within library databases using the Databases link on the Eli M. Oboler Library's home page or in library journal subscriptions using the A-Z List on the library Find Books and Journals page. Full-text items from Library databases are preferred because they do not require copyright permission when used for subsequent semesters. They can also be added more quickly to the Online Reserve System.
  • Deliver material along with a printed copy of the Online Course Reserve Request Form to the Oboler Library's Reserve Desk - which is part of the main Circulation Desk - or to the Idaho State University-Idaho Falls' Circulation Desk for reserve items for Idaho Falls students.


Submitting materials for scanning

  • Provide original or clean copies that include the complete bibliographic citation (copies of the title pages preferred) for scanning and obtaining copyright permission.
  • Deliver material along with a printed copy of the Online Course Reserve Request Form to the Oboler Library's Reserve Desk - which is part of the main Circulation Desk - or to the Idaho State University-Idaho Falls' Circulation Desk for reserve items for Idaho Falls students.


Processing time

  • Typically items are processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • During peak times, processing may take up to three days, so please plan accordingly.
  • You will be notified by email when your material is available online and how your students may gain access to the material.


Successive use

  • Materials may be used for one semester without permission under provisions of the Fair Use sections of the copyright law. Subsequent uses require that the library purchase rights for use. In the event that these rights are denied or deemed to be beyond reasonable costs, the library will remove the item from Course Reserve and will contact the professor about securing different readings.
Last Modified 08/13/2014 kk