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Making readings available to students

See Copyright at SFU for guidance on how to incorporate copyrighted materials in your courses.

Link from reserves lists to articles

Process

  • Faculty place online articles or websites on reserve linked from the Library website within a Canvas module, or by logging directly into the Reserves system.
  • Ideally, the items are submitted in the order in which the students should read them.
  • Students locate the Reserves list for the course.

Benefits

  • The Reserves lists are organized and accessible by searching for a specific course or a specific professor.
  • Web addresses for the articles are verified by library staff and corrected if addresses change.
  • If the course exists in Canvas then any Reserve links will be automatically added to the Canvas course site.

Cautions

  • Readings are listed in the Reserves list in the order processed by Reserves staff.

Link from Canvas or personal websites to reserves lists

Process

  • Faculty link from their personal website to the Reserves Reading List in the Library catalogue.
  • If the course exists in Canvas then any Reserve links will be automatically added to the Canvas course site.

Benefits

  • If the course exists in Canvas then any Reserve links will be automatically added to the Canvas course site.
  • If the link from Canvas is to the Reserve list, web addresses for the articles are verified by library staff and corrected if addresses change.
  • Students locate the readings in the same virtual place as the other material for their course.

Cautions

  • Readings are listed in the Reserves list in the order processed by Reserves staff.

Link from Canvas or personal websites to articles

Process

  • Faculty post a reading list in Canvas or on their personal website, linking each citation in the reading list directly to the web address for that article appended with the proxy prefix ( http://proxy.lib.sfu.ca/login?url= ).

Benefits

  • Faculty are able to place the citation to the article wherever they wish within the organization of their course materials.
  • Students locate the readings in the same virtual place as the other material for their course.

Cautions

Custom courseware readers

Process

  • See SFU Document Solutions.
  • Students purchase the reader through the SFU Bookstore or receive it as part of a Distance Education course package.

Benefits

  • All the readings for a course in one single perfect bound book.

Materials physically located in Library Reserves

Process

  • Faculty place books on-reserve in the Library Reserves areas by logging directly into the Reserves system.

Cautions

  • Loan periods are short.
  • Students have to come to the Library to retrieve the books.

Reading lists

Process

  • Faculty make reading lists for distribution in paper format or electronically.
  • Students look up items in the library catalogue or research databases.

Benefits

  • Very time efficient for faculty.
  • Students have the option to read articles online rather than print them if online format.
  • Students have the option to read articles rather than photocopy them if in paper journals.
  • Students develop some facility in reading citations.

Cautions

  • Requires faculty to prepare exact and complete citations.
  • Students often have difficulty in interpreting citations.

Media

Media collections materials may be placed on course reserve.

Some online collections of images and sound files provide options for assembling electronic reserves. Faculty should consult with  with the liaison librarian for their subject to explore this possibility.