- Book Selections
- Sending Files
- Journal Articles
- Full-text Articles
- Scanning PDF Documents
- Links to External Webpages/Documents
- Looking for the Electronic Reserve Request Form?
- How can I reactivate e-reserves that I've used before?
University Park and World Campus instructors: E-Reserves does not perform onsite scanning. Scans of requested materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the requesting party after submitting the request form.
As a general rule, no more than 15% of the total pages in a book or monograph can be posted on electronic reserve over the course of a semester. We can
post more than 15% of works that are in the Public Domain, and works for which the copyright holder allows the use of a larger amount in writing. Please note: Posting unpublished documents on electronic reserve requires the written permission of the author(s).
We will accept .pdf .html, .doc, .rtf, .ppt and other documents in electronic format. These items will be converted into accessible pdfs for students who have low vision or text disorders.
To send e-reserve files to the appropriate staff, please follow these steps:
- When filling out the Electronic Reserve Request Form, choose the option (in the Contact Information box) to receive a copy of your request via email.
- After you receive the request, open it and use "Reply All" to start a new message.
- If you are unable to send via this method, please email to UL-RESERVESHELP@LISTS.PSU.EDU
- Attach the files to the message and send.
- Please use descriptive file names that can be readily matched with the request form citations.
Scanning PDF Documents
File size is important to keep in mind when scanning, particularly for students accessing e-reserves off-campus, possibly through a slow connection. We recommend that files be no larger than 5 MB.
As a general rule no more than two articles from any single issue of a journal or magazine can be posted on electronic reserve over the course of a semester. This limit does not apply to articles that are available online (either through the University Libraries' licensed resources or on the open Web), are in the Public Domain, or for which the copyright holder allows the use of the article in writing.
We can create durable links to full-text articles available through most, but not all, of the Libraries' licensed databases. You may also link directly to
these databases from the course syllabus and/or module with our Link Builder Widget and Building Durable Links tutorial.
We may link to any number of articles in a single issue of a journal/magazine available through a licensed database.
Use LionSearch or the E-Journal Title Search to determine if a journal or periodical is available through one of the Libraries' licensed databases. (Note: If your search is successful, be sure to check that the Coverage Dates range includes the volume/year you are looking for.)
PDFs are not required for articles available through a licensed database.
Links to External Webpages/Documents
E-Reserves does not make links to external webpages/documents. Place links to these items directly in the syllabus and/or module.