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Welch Library E-Reserves (sometimes referred to as eReserves), and the CoursePlus Online Library tool provide options for incorporating course readings into your course. Additionally, you can use the Online Library  to share resources such as weblinks, direct links to journal articles, videos, and supplemental materials provided you do not infringe on copyright protection.  This page includes links to instructions and information about these options. You can also learn more on our updated Copyright Matters for Course Materials page.


The Welch Medical Library provides an E-Reserves (Electronic Reserves) service for the school. The eReserves coordinator works with faculty to arrange to put print or online library resources for your classes on reserve. Digital reserves can be accessed by students logged in with their JHED ID directly through CoursePlus. By reserving digital resources through the JHU Libraries, faculty (1) make it easier for students to gain access to journals and other documents that are related to their learning objectives; (2) link directly to items that are cleared for exceptions to copyright because these items are accessed directly through the JHU Libraries sites (e.g., databases); (3) have the assistance of a JHU librarian in determining fair use of copyright materials; and (4) have the assistance of the JHU Libraries in actually obtaining permission when it is determined using a work would not fall within fair use.

In order to use eReserves, you must submit a request form to your reserve coordinator four to six weeks prior to the course start date. It is important to submit your request to the Welch team early. Each item you request must go through a copyright clearing process, which may take days or weeks. Thus, the earlier you make your request, the more likely your full set of readings will be available for students on the first day of class.

More information on E-Reserves can be found on the main Welch Library E-Reserves page.

Online Library

CoursePlus sites have Online Libraries where faculty and TAs can upload resources such as weblinks, direct links to journal articles, videos, and supplemental materials. Items can be organized into folders and linked to lecture and activity pages or course sessions so that students can determine which resources are associated with a specific topic or session. 

If faculty and TAs prefer to provide direct links to journal articles via the Online Library as an alternative to eReserves, they first will want to make certain they are not violating any copyright termsPlease make sure to see our page on Copyright Matters in Course Materials for further information. Secondly, if deemed appropriate to share the article through the online library, faculty should use Stable URLs (persistent links) to ensure that the articles will be available. URLs pasted from a browser window may contain session or user information that can expire. 

For Example: A URL for a journal article (for instance, that leads to a resource found in Applied Research in Quality of Life) may contain user information and will not work after the user's session has expired.  However, an article that has a persistent link (stable URL) will work for any user who has access to the journal or database: Learn more about posting links to journal articles: Sharing Journal Articles with Students and using DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to create stable URLs Demystifying Digital Object Identifiers.

More information on how to use the Online Library in CoursePlus : CoursePlus help documentation

Sara Hill,
Sep 4, 2013, 1:18 PM
Sara Hill,
Sep 4, 2013, 1:19 PM