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Faculty Guidelines

The information placed on ECR is protected under the Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governing the making of photocopies of copyrighted material. Please review the Nova Southeastern University Libraries' Copyright Guidelines for Electronic Course Reserves before submitting a request for an Electronic Course Reserve area.

Requesting an ECR area

Prior to submitting materials for inclusion in a course ECR, please complete the Electronic Course Reserve Area Request form. At the end of the form, you will be asked to email an electronic copy of your selected readings (bibliography) to ECR Processing.

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Submitting Materials to the Library

The person submitting the materials is responsible for reproducing those materials that are to be placed on ECR. Print or electronic copies must be submitted to the Alvin Sherman Library Document Delivery Department. Instructors in Distance Programs should mail print copies to the following address:

Document Delivery Department
Attention: ECR Processing
Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314-1013

Electronic copies may also be submitted as email attachments to ECR Processing.

Please allow three business days for processing upon receipt of the print materials. You will contacted with a password sequence for each ECR you have requested. Secure links to the ECR will be given to the instructor to distribute to the students.

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Print Copies

Please help us to reduce file sizes and processing time by adhering to the following requirements when submitting print materials:

  • Clean, first generation copies of material in the best obtainable condition.
  • Maximum 40 pages (for each document submitted)
  • 8 ½ x 11 paper
  • No holes
  • No staples
  • Landscape or portrait, not both in same article
  • A copy of the copyright page, or if that is unavailable, full bibliographic citation included.
  • Individual materials must be separated; bundled documents will not be accepted.

NOTE: Print copies will not be returned.

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Electronic Copies

Electronic files will be accepted on media or as an email attachment. Acceptable file formats are:

  • Text (do not include hard returns, use word wrap)
  • RTF - Rich Text Format
  • PDF - Portable Document Format
  • Microsoft Word
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Access to ECR materials will be deactivated at the end of each course. Instructors must obtain permission from the publisher to place any copyrighted material on ECR for a longer period. The library must receive this verification to extend access to an ECR beyond the end of the course's term.

In order to obtain copyright permission, please contact NSU Copyright Center or the Copyright Clearance Center.

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Last update: 12/28/11