What is eReserve?

Have you discovered eReserve? eReserve is a large collection of electronic resources that support subjects offered at Charles Sturt University. These resources have been selected by lecturers and include journal articles, book chapters and links to databases. eReserve is available to CSU staff and students and can be accessed from any internet connected computer.

To access eReserve, select ‘reserve’ from the Library Home Page and search by subject code. The articles are available as pdf documents and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If there is nothing on eReserve for a particular subject, material can be browsed in related subjects.

eReserve usage is enormous, with the highest weekly usage being 20,780 uses during the week ending 9th August. The average weekly usage to date is 9,697. The single most popular file, with a whopping 21,483 uses so far this year, is a chapter from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. On average this file is used 715 times a week, that’s 7.4% of the total average use of eReserve, attributable to a single file.

Information for academics
To have information made available on eReserve, contact either the Learning Materials Centre (LMC) or the Library. Contact the LMC if print materials are to be digitised and contact Karen Fitzpatrick, Manager of Collection Development, at the Library for material already digitised. Email Karen the details of the journal, article, database in which article appears, subject code, lecturer’s name and the relevant semester. Please keep in mind copyright regulations and refer to CSU’s Copyright page for more information or contact the Copyright Coordinator, Kerry Peterson, at the Library.

4 thoughts

  1. are students allowed to suggest articles for eReserve? we’re not allowed to put useful articles on our forums that we want to share, not sure why. We could share good stuff if it was on eReserve instead. what do you think

  2. Dear Anonymous,

    The reason you are not permitted to put useful journal articles onto your Forum is becasue it would be an infringement of the Copyright law. However, if you have a ‘link’ to that article, you are permitted to add that to your Forum, so others can simply click on it to get to the content. This is very useful if the good article is either, in one of the library databases, or free on the web.
    Items added to eReserve are generally requested by academic staff, or occasionally by library staff who find they are being asked frequently for the same journal article. eReserve is a very labour intensive service, mostly becasue of all the Copyright checks we have to perform before we can load things, so I’m not sure that we’d be able to handle the extra load that would come from students making requests as well. Having said that, the library will shortly be reviewing the eReserve policies and I will make sure that your suggestion goes on the agenda,

    regards,
    Karen Fitzpatrick
    Manager, Collection Services

    NOTE: all links to articles in library databases need to have the following prefix added to the url to ensure access. http://ezproxy.csu.edu.au/login?url=

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