How to Access Course Reserves

Tue. Jan. 6, 2015

At your first class, your professor will give you a course outline (or syllabus) that will describe the content of the course in loose detail. The syllabus will tell you what your responsibilities are as a student, including course readings, due dates of assignments, and the dates of tests and exams. It’s a good idea to track down your required readings in the library early in the semester so they’re ready when you are.

Course Reserves

You may notice some course readings that are not from the textbook. You are still expected to look at these materials before class. Professors have different methods for sharing readings with you. While some use their Nexus course pages, others may choose to place the reading on course reserve in the library. 

If the only available copy of an item is the physical printed kind, you can get it at the front desk in the library. Note, print course reserves are subject to different loan periods than other library materials (between one hour and one week), as well as different late fees. Be sure to note the loan period and return the item on time.

Accessing Other Readings

Your professors may not always put the course readings up on Nexus or on course reserves. They may decide to simply point you to the source and let you track it down yourself. This is generally not too difficult, but you’ll need as much information as possible to find it. For books, use the library’s homepage search, being sure to type the exact title. You can be more precise by adding the prefix ti: or including the author’s last name.

title search example

If it’s a journal article you’re looking for, you can use the same technique as with books, or you can use the journal title search to navigate to the article in one of our databases.

journal search example

You can find more detailed information about locating specific sources here.

Copying or saving

Once you’ve found the sources identified in the course outline, you can save specific articles and book chapters to read later. Remember, Canadian copyright law restricts the amount of a text (and other information formats) you’re allowed to copy or save, so make sure you understand these rules before copying a portion of a book or article.

Questions? Contact the library reference desk (4th floor Centennial;; 204-786-9815)

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