How does the ALICE Catalog’s course reserves search work? – OHIO University Libraries

How does the ALICE Catalog’s course reserves search work?

Professors and instructors will often place items on “reserve” at the library.  These reserve items can be either print (hard copy) or online (pdf) files.  To find items for your class, search by class or instructor.

Sample Course Reserves Searches
Course Number Enter the abbreviated course number or department name:

  • Eng 151
  • TCOM 430
  • S W 490
  • Hist
Instructor’s Name Enter all or part of an instructor’s name, last name first:

  • smith
  • smith j
  • smith john

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Text directions to find textbooks for your class:

  1. From the library home page, click on course reserves
  2. Enter your course code and number
  3. Most items on reserve will be available at the fourth floor circulation desk; make sure to bring your ID for checkout
  4. If your book is not on reserve, go back to the library home page, and search for the title of your book (probably on your syllabus) using the ALICE title search.
  5. If you find a copy available in the library, make sure to write down the call number so that you can find the book on the shelf.
  6. If the OU Libraries do not have a copy of your book, or all of our copies are checked out, use the Search OhioLINK button to see if another school in Ohio has a copy of your book..
  7. As long as there is a copy in Ohio Link that is listed as Available, you can use the Request this Item link to request that the item be sent here.
  8. You’ll be asked to choose your school — pick Ohio University from the drop down menu– and then enter your name and PID (from your ID card, leaving off the “P”).
  9. You will receive an email when the item is available for pickup at the fourth floor circulation desk.  You’ll be able to check it out for three weeks, with up to four renewals (use Your Library Record to renew).  Please note, however, that the school that owns the book can put a hold on the book, preventing you from renewing it, and possibly requiring the book to be returned before the end of the quarter.
  10. Remember that if you can’t find what you need, you can always ask an OU librarian.

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