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Library Reserves & Course Material Support for Fall 2020 Faculty Guide

This infoguide for Pepperdine faculty provides important information and highlights available support resources for the transition to electronic-only course reserves.

Learn More! Review our e-Reserve Webinar

To help faculty prepare for Fall 2020 as the University moves into an online course delivery format, Pepperdine Libraries hosted a webinar to offer details on using e-Reserves. With e-Reserves, Pepperdine Libraries can support faculty during this trying time in a way that promotes usage of course materials while also working to optimize the online student learning experience.

Pepperdine Libraries is hosting an additional live session of our Electronic Reserves for Faculty webinar on Thursday, August 6th at 11 am (PDT). Contact Lauren Haberstock ( for more information. 

Request Forms for e-Reserves

E-Reserves are a great tool for faculty and for students. Please consult the list of materials that can (and cannot) be placed on E-Reserve and see the FAQs below before completing the request form!

Seaver College e-reserve request form

Graduate Schools e-reserve request form

e-Reserves FAQs

How will my students access e-Reserves?

  • Students can access the e-Reserves through Courses. The link to this information can be found here

How many pages from one book can I put on Electronic Reserves?

  • There is no exact number of pages as each book has a different number of pages. In order to comply with copyright restrictions, faculty need to indicate the number of pages (or chapters) from a text they are interested in placing on E-Reserve and a library staff member will advise on any restrictions/ limitations.

What if I want to include a video on Electronic Reserves for an online course?

  • Links to licensed videos can be added to E-Reserves. We cannot upload MP3 video files to E-Reserves. 

Can I place articles from our library databases and electronic journals on Electronic Reserves?

  • Yes, if Pepperdine Libraries has access to an electronic journal article we can place it on E-Reserve.

Can I place sample student papers and projects on Electronic Reserves? 

  • Student work with a signed release form to be FERPA compliant (supplied by the library) can be placed on E-Reserve.

How early should I provide materials I want on Electronic Reserves?

  • As soon as possible. Some items may take time to put on reserve or may require permission. The sooner the library staff are given a list the sooner you will know what can or cannot be placed on E-Reserve.

How soon will items be available on Electronic Reserves?

  • Items can appear based on dates communicated to library staff, provided materials were able to be uploaded on E-Reserve.

How long are materials kept on Electronic Reserves?

  • Materials will be kept on E-Reserve until the end of the semester. If faculty wish to have the same materials used for the following semester they need to contact library staff as soon as possible.

When I need E-Reserves documents changed on one of my courses, what should I do?

  • Any additional or change to documents to be placed on E-Reserve need to be submitted to library staff via the online form as soon as possible.

What is copyright and how does it affect E-Reserves submissions?  

  • Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors. The owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following:
    • To reproduce the work;
    • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
    • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
    • To prohibit other persons from using the work without permission;
    • To perform the work publicly. 
  • Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials. This Memorandum on Copyright Law and Compliance was written for the University of Nebraska but provides a helpful checklist for determining Fair Use and offers guidance on copyright issues. 
  • Click on Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States for more information on copyright issues.
  • Please visit our Copyright & Fair Use guide for more detailed information. 

What is Fair Use and how can I determine whether an item is within Fair Use?

  • Under the “fair use” rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author’s work without asking permission. However, “fair use” is open to interpretation.  
    • Fair use is intended to support teaching, research, and scholarship, but educational purpose alone does not make every use of a work fair. 
    • It is always important for an instructor to analyze how he or she will use a particular work to ascertain if their use will qualify under the "fair use" rule of copyright law. 
  • Ask yourself the following questions:
    1. What is your purpose in using the material? Are you going to use the material for monetary gain or for education or research purposes?
    2. What is the characteristic nature of work – is it fact or fiction; has it been published or not?
    3. How much of the work are you going to use? A small amount or large? Is it the significant or central part of the work?
    4. How will your use of the work affect the author’s or the publisher’s ability to sell the material? If your purpose is for research or education, your effect on the market value may be difficult to prove. However, if your purpose is commercial gain, then you are not following fair use. 
  • The U.S. Copyright Office has a Fair Use Index that is helpful in understanding what courts have to date considered to be fair or not fair