Electronic Documents on Reserve: A User's Guide
Rutgers University Libraries provide an electronic reserve service with online access to sample exams, journal articles, overheads, syllabi, problem sets, lecture notes, Web pages, and electronic files submitted or requested by instructors for class use.
Electronic reserve documents are available at public access workstations in the libraries, in campus computer labs, and PCs connected to the campus network. If you are connecting from off-campus, be sure to login to the Libraries' website with your NetID before using electronic reserves.
Finding Electronic Reserve Documents
Begin your search for electronic reserve documents under FIND RESERVES on the Libraries' main web page or by clicking on "RESERVES" from within the Library Catalog. Search under your instructor's name, course name, or course number.
Electronic reserve documents are identified on the results screen as "ELECTRONIC" and "Available for ONLINE checkout." To retrieve the full text, click on the title of the item, and then click on the item's URL in the field labeled "Electronic Access."
Viewing Electronic Reserve Documents
Documents are delivered as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Adobe Acrobat is installed on all public access workstations in the libraries and in campus computer labs. Off-campus users will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on their personal computers in order to view electronic reserve documents. Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software and assistance is available at Adobe's Acrobat Reader Download Page: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
In Adobe Acrobat Reader, use the right and left arrow icons to move forward and backward in the document. You can preview individual pages of your document using the Thumbnail Viewer, the fourth icon from the left on the Acrobat Reader toolbar.
If the print is very small and you are having difficulty reading the document on the screen, try clicking on the magnifying glass icon with the plus sign (+) that appears near the top of the Acrobat Reader screen. Move your pointer (now a magnifying glass) back onto the document and click. The text should be much bigger. Move the scrollboxes on the scrollbars to see other parts of the page.
Click on the Acrobat printer icon. Adjust the Print Range if desired (default is all pages) by typing the desired page numbers in boxes. Use the "Shrink to Fit" option to make a scanned original larger than 8.5 by 11 fit on a standard size page. Select "OK" to print.
Saving to Disk
Save the PDF file to your hard drive or disk as needed. Select your browser's "File, Save As" function from the top left corner of the screen and name the file. Be sure to use the .PDF extension with the file name. At the present time, most files can only be saved in the PDF format. Text format is available for a limited number of files. Select Drive "A" if you are using a library computer. You will need Adobe's Acrobat software loaded on your personal PC in order to view the file.
Saving to Disk Advisory
Sending to E-mail
You can send your document to your e-mail account, but you'll need the Acrobat software on your PC in order to read it. The file is sent as an Adobe PDF file. Use your browser's "File, Send" command located on the top left corner of your screen and fill in your complete e-mail address when prompted.
Reserve material may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S. Code). Further distribution of electronic documents on reserve is prohibited.
Last updated September 9, 2010