In the Library

Q: May I link to full-text resources from the Library, such as e-journals and e-books?

A: Yes. Linking to full-text resources is the best practice.

Link Rather than Post: Since linking invokes no copying issues, instructors should provide links to electronic resources in Moodle/Blackboard rather than uploading PDFs (copies). For StFX library materials add the library proxy prefix to the URL so students can access the document from off campus. For more information, see the guide on how to create reliable links to articles in library subscribed databases.


Q: What is a persistent link?

A: Because a publisher's link to a resource can sometimes change, a persistent link will ensure that students get to the right electronic source quickly, from both on and off campus. Many publishers create a persistent link to content. For those that don't, you are free to create a direct link yourself, although there are good reasons to have the Library do it for you. It will save you time. Library staff will send you the persistent link, which you may incorporate into Moodle. They will also ensure that authentication is taken care of so that your students can access the resources through the reserve readings list for the class in the Library's catalogue.

For more information on how to prepare a persistent link, see the guide on how to create reliable links to articles in library subscribed databases.


Q: Do we have online Reserves?

A: No, the library maintains a physical print Course Reserves collection only.


Q: If an article is available from one of our e-journals, may I place a physical copy on Reserve?

A: No, paper copies of electronic journal articles, to which we have access, will NOT be placed on reserve.  This is a Library policy.

Articles submitted to Course Reserves will be checked for electronic availability. The URL and database name will be emailed to faculty to forward to their students.


Q: What kind of print materials will the Library accept for Reserve?

A: The library will accept monographs and print journal articles for Reserve. These items may be from the library’s collection or, with permission, from the library of another institution. Items to be placed on Course Reserves from other institutions may take up to six weeks to be delivered. Please contact as soon as possible if your item is not available from our collection. Monographs / books may also come from the instructor’s personal collection.


Q: May I place sound recordings on Reserve?

A: Yes, sound recordings from the library’s collection or from the instructor’s personal collection may be placed on Reserve. Sound recordings must be in the form in which they were purchased. Copying is allowed only by permission of the copyright owner, or, in some cases, under fair dealing. Please note the University Library subscribes to Naxos Music Library, for classical music, and Naxos Music Library Jazz, where thousands of recordings can be listened to over the Internet.


Q: How many copies of an item may I place on Reserve?

A: A maximum of four copies per individual item will be accepted unless a demand is demonstrated.


Q: As a student, am I permitted to copy  articles my instructor has placed on Reserve?

A: Yes, if the articles are for research or private study.


Q: Where can I learn more about Library Reserves?

A: More information is available on the following library website pages: Course Reserves FAQs and Course Reserves Guidelines for Faculty



Q: May I ask the Library to send me e-copies of articles using Interlibrary Loan?

A: Faculty members may request a PDF of articles from journals that the Library only has in print format. Request these items through our Document Delivery form. A PDF of the article will be emailed directly to you!


Q: As a student, if I receive an e-copy of an article, am I permitted to give it to a third party?

A: No, as a student you are only permitted to print off a paper copy and you are not permitted to transmit the electronic copy to another individual.


Library News

Tue, April, 27, 2021

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