North-West University Libraries

Course reserves

What is it?

Electronic Course Reserves (ECR) make electronic copies of study material available to students. This includes: journal articles, book sections, study guides, exam papers and memorandums, and notes.

Advantages and procedures for personnel

Advantages

  • Study material is available for the whole group, therefore the book/material is not only available to one student at a time.
  • ECR is not confined to a building, it is a virtual library.
  • It promotes the principle of e-learning.
  • Material cannot be damaged.
  • Material cannot be lost or stolen.
  • Information can also be made available on lecturers’ eFundi websites, via a link to the reserved material.
  • The complete list of reserved material does not need to be indicated in the study guide. It only has to indicate that reserved material can be found on the library’s website by clicking on the relevant links. Consequently, study guides do not have to be altered or updated when material is removed or added. 

Procedures

  • Provide the library with a decent, legible copy for scanning. It can either be a hardcopy or an electronic copy.
  • Enough time is needed to apply for copyright, to scan the article and to load it onto the appropriate course reserves module.
  • The lecturer will be notified as soon as the process is completed, in order to then resolve any possible problems, conduct quality management and, if necessary, make changes.
  • When the process is finished, registered students will have 24/7 access to the information from anywhere in the world.

Enquiries can be addressed to:

How can I access the documents that have been placed on reserve?

  1. You can search by Course Code or by Lecturer
  2. Click on the title that you wish to view e.g. View or Print; //Title
  3. Type your name, university number and PIN number
  4. The reserved material will appear on the screen and can then be printed or saved