Research Guides

Course uReserves

Course Reserves Availability
Course reserves material will be made available in electronic format. Electronic course reserves include articles, book chapters, syllabi, lecture notes, etc.
Electronic Course Reserves Guidelines

Electronic files are accepted in the following formats:

  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Text File (.txt)
  • HyperText Markup (.htm)
  • JPEG (.jpg)

Items placed on course reserves may require copyright clearance prior to being placed on reserve. Items that are denied permission will be inactivated from course reserves. Course Reserves staff will notify the instructor and discuss other options.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a request based on their interpretation of the Copyright Law. A complete bibliographic citation is required for all copyrighted materials.


Richter Library Contacts
Drew Wofford & Vince Oller
Course Reserves 
RSMAS Library Contact
Ann Campbell
Access Services Supervisor
Phone: 305-421-4060
Course Reserves information for Faculty

How to request materials for course reserves:

The library has three convenient ways to submit course reserves:

For more guidance and help with course reserves
Please see our Fair Use Guidelines and Checklist for Fair Use Analysis for Electronic Reserves for more information on the use of reproductions in course reserves.

For more information, contact Course Reserves at Richter Library,

For uReserves System (Leganto)

The library’s uReserves System is integrated into our Library System.  uReserves works directly with Blackboard to display course reserves for students.  This system also allows Faculty to create, review and update their reading list for classes directly.  The reading lists are then submitted in the system to the library for processing.  To work with this system, log into uReserves.  Here is our getting started guide, Instructor’s Guide to uReserves .  For additional information or assistance, contact Course Reserves.

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Course Reserves Information for Students

Course Reserves provide access to supplemental course material assigned by an instructor, including electronic articles, PDF files, e-books, and streaming media.

Accessing Course Reserves Materials

  • Electronic Course Reserves can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through Blackboard.

Viewing Course Reserves

  • Log on to Blackboard, then go to one of your course pages.  Select the Course uReserve link.  Then select the link for uReserves.  This will display electronic course reserves.
Welcome to uReserves

uReserves lets you easily create, maintain, and evaluate course reserves materials. With uReserves, you can assemble materials of all types - physical books, online or digitized chapters, scholarly articles, videos, etc. We are currently working on video content, so if you have any questions, please reach out to Jose Rodriguez at or Drew Wofford at
Copyright and Course Reserves

All copyrighted material added to course websites or submitted to the Libraries for print and electronic course reserves must fall within fair use guidelines. Instructors are responsible for determining whether their material meets the criteria for fair use. Course Reserves staff are available to assist instructors with interpretation of the fair use guidelines.

The Libraries reserve the right to decline a reserve request based on their interpretation of copyright law. If a request is denied, the instructor will be notified, and the materials will not be placed on Course Reserves.

  • Links to items available on licensed databases should be used whenever possible.  Creating a copy of an online resource should only occur if the web address for the item is not stable.
  • In general, the Libraries will place library-owned materials on print or electronic course reserves as a fair use of these copyrighted works.  The Libraries will seek permission from the copyright holder only when the Libraries determine the use to be in excess of the provisions of U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, U.S.C.), section 107.
  • The Libraries will purchase materials that it does not own if requested for course reserves.  Personal copies lawfully purchased by an instructor will be placed on print reserves only.
  • If copyright permission is needed for a photocopy or scan of material, the instructor has the option of placing the physical item on print Course Reserves.
  • Use of materials on electronic reserves is restricted to students enrolled in the course.
Fair Use Guidelines

The Fair Use provision, established in the Copyright Act of 1976, is designed to allow the limited use of copyrighted works for the purpose of criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship and research. It allows limited reproduction of copyrighted works for educational and research purposes without prior authorization of the copyright holder and without paying royalty fees.

Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act lists four factors used to determine when content usage may be considered “fair use.” For a finding of fair use, all four factors do not need to be affirmative, and no single factor trumps the other factors.

1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether the copied material will be for nonprofit, educational, or commercial use. Also considered here is the tranformative nature of the use.  For example, was the material used in a way significantly different than was originally intended (e.g. criticism or instruction), or was something created that was significantly different than the original material.

2. The nature of the copyrighted work, with special consideration given to the distinction between a factual work and a creative work. For example, photocopies made of a newspaper or news magazine column are more likely to be considered fair use than copies made of a musical score or a short story.

3. The amount, substantiality, or portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole. This factor requires consideration of:

  • the proportion of the larger work that is copied and used
  • the significance of the copied portion

4. The effect of the use on the potential market of the copyrighted work. If the reproduction of a copyrighted work reduces the potential market and sales and therefore the potential profits of the copyright owner, then use is unlikely to be found a fair use. For example, a teacher who photocopies a workbook page or a textbook chapter is depriving the copyright owner of profits more directly than if copying one page from the daily paper. This factor has recently held more weight in determining fair use.

Please note that if a specific concern or question is not addressed in this guide, that does not alleviate you of the responsibility to comply with the U.S. Copyright Law.

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