With the spring semester in full swing, I wanted to let you know about an area of our collection that we have been working hard to keep up-to-date: Course Reserves!
Course Reserves are copies (or a copy) of assigned course materials that Barry Law Faculty have made available to the Law Library. Since availability is limited and demand can be high, checkout for physical items is limited to only four hours at-a-time and can be accessed from the Circulation desk. This collection includes supplemental reading material, print articles and various books and media. There is an online component as well which contains portions of text, articles, forms and other documents.
So how do you find out what is on Course Reserve in the Law Library for a specific class or professor? The library catalog of course!
To access the Course Reserves section of the library catalog:
1. Go to the Weblaw home page (weblaw.barry.edu) and select ‘Library Information Services’ from the menu bar at the top of the page.
2. From the left-hand side of the page, select ‘Catalog’.
3. From here, you will see a drop-down menu at the right-side of the page that says ‘Additional Search Options’. Select either ‘Course Reserves’ (to search by class name) or ‘Course Reserves by Professor’ (to search by professor name).
4. Conducting a search for ‘Constitutional Law,’ (using the ‘Course Reserves‘ search option), returns two results: Eang Ngov and Terri Day. Selecting Professor Ngov’s name, for example, will return all of the titles of items on reserve for her Constitutional Law class.
Underneath the call # button, there is status information for the item (in this case, books). In this example, all copies are ‘available’, meaning they should be on the shelves, ready to be checked out. You may also click on the individual titles to pull up more information about the item (such as the edition).
5. Likewise, conducting a search using the ‘Course Reserves by Professor’ option will bring up a search box where you can enter the professor name.
For instance, a search for “Ngov” will return three courses. These are the courses that Professor Ngov teaches for which the Law Library currently has physical Course Reserves material on hand. You may click on any of the course names to bring up a list of items available for that course. As in the prior example, selecting an individual title will bring up more information about the item.
Furthermore, these materials are searchable in the catalog by title and author. For example, searching the catalog for the title “Understanding Constitutional Law” by Norman Redlich returns a few results. Scroll down to find the correct location “Law -Temporary Reserve” and the Call #: NGOV [COURSE RESERVES].
Note: Course Reserves items will always have the location as “Law – Temporary Reserve” and the Call # as the name of the professor followed by [COURSE RESERVES].
Lastly, don’t forget to check out our online Course Reserves collection which contains many more items that can be accessed anytime online at http://weblaw.barry.edu/law_library/course_reserves/default.htm.
Note: If you are off-campus, remember to log in through ezproxy.barry.edu first.