USC Libraries uses the Automated Reserves System (ARES) for managing course reserves. Maintained and operated by the Integrated Document Delivery (IDD) department, the ARES database differs from Blackboard as it is supported by USC Libraries staff to manage physical and electronic reserve requests available from library resources. ARES is a single point access for instructors and students for online reserve services which can include articles from journals or periodicals or book chapters. In ARES, instructors can:
- create a course site(s) within ARES to centralize their physical and electronic reserves access for students
- submit physical reserve requests (book, personal book copies, DVDs, etc.) for their course(s)
- submit electronic reserve requests for articles, book chapters, and other materials* from library resources
- upload their own or existing articles, book chapters, and other documents for their course(s)
- clone (copy) a class from a previous semester or year and re-post reserve items without having to resubmit individual requests the following semester
- link to USC Libraries e-resources
As outlined above, ARES manages multiple requests for reserves per class such as physical books and electronic reserves. USC's 24-hour Leavey Library holds most physical course reserve materials where students can readily access them. However, material may be placed on reserve in any of several libraries on campus. See Library Reserve Desks for a list of library reserve desks and contact information.
Access to ARES requires a one time registration on the ARES webpage using your USC email ID and email password. First time instructors: after registering in ARES, please contact IDD via phone (213-740-4020) or email to set your access level to INSTRUCTOR so you can create your course(s), submit reserve requests, and manage your course content.
Electronic reserves allow students to access materials from any computer with internet access. Items on electronic reserve may be accessed from a library kiosk, computer lab, campus dormitory or off-campus remote location. Formats of electronic reserves range from PDFs, Word documents, and web links to full text journal articles, and personal uploads such as syllabi.
Aside from submitting requests on ARES, instructors have additional functions such as assigning proxy user(s) or other assigned person(s) to manage the ARES courses other than the professor. The proxy user can submit or cancel requests, manage course content, and clone class(es).
If you need additional information call IDD at (213) 740-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are ready to use ARES please use the following link: ARES
*Please see the Copyright Guidelines & Rules tab for more information.