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Elsevier/Science Direct Alternative Access: Frequently Asked Questions

Alternative Access FAQs

Am I allowed to put requested articles on reserve for my students?

Neumann Library can make your course reserves (journal articles, single book chapters, or class notes) available online for your students through our e-reserves system. If the material is available through the library databases, we will create a persistent link to the article.  If it is not, we can also take your digital material or scan your print material. These passworded documents will be available to your students anywhere they have access to the Internet.

Is there a limit to the number of pages I can put on reserve for my students?

To maintain compliance with U.S. copyright law, UHCL sets limits on the number and duration of materials that can be placed on reserve without written copyright permission.

What do I do if I have questions about copyright?

Additional copyright questions should be addressed to our Scholarly Communications Librarian (Linsey Ford, 281-283-3918 or

What do I need to do to put material on reserve?

The time required to process reserve requests varies with the number of outstanding requests, the availability of materials, and the accuracy of the information supplied on the forms. Materials are processed in order of receipt. To ensure that your students have access to reserve materials in the first week of class, please submit your lists at least two weeks before the first day of class. After the beginning of each semester, a minimum of three working days (Monday - Friday) is generally required to place materials on reserve. 

To place library or personal materials on reserve at these campuses, please fill out the Course Reserves Request Form.

How many items can I put on reserve?

There is no set limit on the number of titles a faculty member may place on reserve; however, lists of 20 titles or more should be discussed with the Access & Delivery Services Coordinator (David Palmer, 281-283-3905 or

What if I find the article in an open access repository?

Students will be able to locate and use open access articles the same way you did. One of the good things about OA is its availability and flexibility. 

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