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User Guides: Course Reserves

The course reserves, also called electronic reserves, pathfinders or e-reserves are electronically accessible full text articles and scanned short book chapters that provide a pedagogical or educational purpose and benefit students 24 hours access to course readings, and meet fair use copyright guidelines.

How to access the course reserves

From the Busitema University Library home page

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Scroll down the page - slightly in the middle of the page - look under the “How do I find …?” and click on the link “Course Reserves” 


Access the Busitema University’s Course Reserves by following the guide available at

Access the Course Reserves directly by clicking on this link

Alternatively, you can access the Course reserves by following these simple steps

From the Online Library Catalogue,


Click “Course Reserves” and this will take you to the page below

Features of the Course Reserves page - What you need to know to access the Course reserves

Guidelines for Submitting Course Research

Timeline to course creation

Four (4) weeks in advance to course start date to give enough time to the librarians to scan and process the materials for uploading on the e-reserves systems

Course Information

For all courses, the following information will be provided by the lecturers

  • Lecturer Name
  • E-Mail address
  • Department
  • Faculty
  • Course name and number
  • Course start and end dates
  • Course reading lists in APA or any other acceptable format as per the faculty
  • Course syllabus (if available)


Copyright and fair use policy

All course reserves are password protected and only registered students for that particular course/ class will have access to the course page/ e-reserves page. Course content will be removed after the course ends. The lecturers must inform the library staff before the end of the running semester if the items must remain on the electronic course reserves page/ portal or not.

Allowed Course Documents

  • Materials owned by the lecturers, e.g., course syllabus, reading lists, PowerPoints, etc.
  • Materials in the public domain
  • Materials protected under the Creative Commons Licenses
  • Materials that qualify under the Fair Use Copyright Alliance – Fair Use permits to use a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission for purposes such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, comment or news reporting
  • Copyright permission has been obtained from the owner/ author
  • Copyright Disclaimer statement is added at the top and bottom of all documents to remind users of their obligation to safeguard the materials and avoid infringing on copyright – Fair Use Act Disclaimer
  • The quality of scans doesn’t easily allow reproducibility of the material/s

Course Page creation

  • After the lecturer has designated the course readings to be placed on electronic course reserves, the request is sent to the library through the Campus Librarian;
  • The request will provide full and correct citations for each reading title in APA format or that recommended by the faculty;
  • Documents will be prepared by the library, scanned and posted in alphabetical order on the electronic course reserves systems;
  • The system can allow the documents to be viewed through – lecturer name, course name, faculty, and department
  • Readings from required textbooks will be scanned and provided on the electronic course reserves
  • Text materials will be posted in PDF format
  • Links will be inserted for free materials and media such Youtube