Answered By: Gabriela Garcia
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017     Views: 781

Materials reserved by professors for courses may be available either online or in physical copies at one of our libraries. Online material includes journal articles, book chapters, or syllabi.  Physical items are books, bound journals, or DVD/videos.

The USC Libraries uses the Automated Reserves System (ARES) for managing these course reserves.  ARES organizes online material posted for a class with immediate access to that material. ARES will also list physical items submitted for reserve with their check out loan times and reserve desk location.

It is a single point for instructors and students to access assigned class readings which can include articles from journals, periodicals or book chapters. ARES differs from Blackboard in that it is supported by USC Libraries staff. ARES is maintained and operated by the USC Libraries' Integrated Document Delivery (IDD) department to manage physical and electronic reserve requests available from library resources.

In ARES, instructors can:

  • create a course site(s) within ARES to centralize their physical and electronic reserves access for students
  • submit physical reserve requests (book, personal book copies, DVDs, etc.) for their course(s)
  • submit electronic reserve requests for articles, book chapters, and other materials from library resources
  • upload their own or existing articles, book chapters, and other documents for their course(s)
  • clone (copy) a class from a previous semester or year and re-post reserve items without having to resubmit individual requests the following semester  
  • link to USC Libraries e-resources

For in-depth instructions, physical reserves locations, and information, consult this Research Guide.

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