Electronic Reserves for Students
What are electronic reserves? Electronic
reserves are items, such as papers, articles, powerpoint
slides, etc, that are made available electronically through
the library’s online catalog by a professor for their
What do I need to use electronic reserves?
All you need is a working computer, an Internet connection,
and a web browser like Netscape or Internet Explorer. Please
note that you cannot use the AOL-provided browser to access
electronic reserves. If you do not have Netscape or Internet
Explorer, you can download them free from the following
How do I get to the professor’s electronic reserves?
Do I need to pay to view the files?
- Go to the library’s homepage: Portal.tamucc.edu
- Click on "Find Books & More"
- Click on "Course Reserves"
- Click on either "Course #" or
- If you selected "Course #", enter
the course name and number (example: BIOL 1401). If you
selected "Instructor" enter your instructor’s
last name. (example: Rhoades)
- Click on the article set link.
- Click on the article you need, identified by title.
- Enter either your first or last name, social security number (with dashes)and password provided by your instructor
in the specified fields. To find out how your name appears
in our system, go to http://portal.tamucc.edu/patroninfo
Problems and Solutions for Electronic Reserves
Problem: I’m getting a blank print
Solution: Use the printer icon on the Adobe
toolbar located near the top of the Internet browser.
Problem: My print out is backwards.
Solution: Click on the printer icon on
the Adobe toolbar. Make sure the "Print as image"
box is selected. It is located in the top right hand corner.
Problem: I am using AOL and I cannot view
the electronic reserves.
Solution: The AOL-provided browser is incompatable
with course reserves and will not display them. If you do
not have Netscape or Internet Explorer, you can download
them free from the following web sites:
Internet Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.asp
Problem: When I click on a file, it says
I need a program or something to view electronic reserves?
Solution: You need to download Adobe Acrobat
or Adobe Reader. Here is a link:
Problem: I’m having problems logging
in to electronic reserves using my name and social security
number. It says, "Sorry, cannot locate patron record."
Solution: Contact the Circulation Desk
at (361) 825-2340 and ask them to verify that you are in
the patron database and that your name and social security
number are correct.
Alternativley, you may check your patron information yourself
by visiting the library’s web site (http://portal.tamucc.edu)
and selecting "MY Library Account".
We invite questions and/or comments and look forward to
hearing from you. Contact Robert Rios at Robert.Rios@mail.tamucc.edu.
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