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Provide literature (Electronic Reserves)

Provide literature (Electronic Reserves)


You can add literature entries to a list by searching the University Library system. The literature section serves to provide students with course-relevant or further literature in the form of course-related electronic reserves.

  • You can instruct the library to digitize the entry as a PDF document and provide it as a link.
  • Alternatively, you can attach an existing full text in PDF format to the entry and have it checked for copyright.
  • You can also place the individual list entries as text fields anywhere in the course room.

If you have problems finding literature on the system of the University Library, please contact:


Table of Contents

  1. Activate the literature section
  2. Add literature entries
  3. Display the literature entries
  4. Insert literature list entries as a Label resource in the course room
  5. Hide or deactivate the literature section
  6. Reuse literature entries and digital copies (import)

1. Activate the literature section

By default, the literature section is deactivated. Managers can enable it via course administration.

  1. Open the course room and click on "Settings" in the horizontal menu.
  2. Enlarge the section "Literature" at the bottom of the sections list.
  3. Activate the checkbox "Enable Literature".
  4. Open the "Literature" link in the horizontal menu to activate it, it should now appear in the horizontal menu for every student. Note that the option "Literature" might be visible in the "More" option of the horizontal menu.
    The screenshot shows the lower section of the settings. The option "Literature" is folded out, showing the activated checkbox "Enable Literature". The checkbox instructions read "Enabling adds the link 'Literature' to the horizontal course menu.

At the same time, the necessary configuration for the course room is generated in the background in the third system for the administration of the semester apparatus (


2. Add literature entries

To add literature, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the literature section in the course room.
  2. Select the desired document type in the drop-down menu and click on "Add literature".

    The screenshot show the "Choose literature" dropdown menu at the top of the literature section. The options for the document type are "Journal Article", "Contribution to book/chapter", "Contribution to a conference proceedings", "Conference presentation", "Talk (non-conference)", "Lecture (teaching)", "Dataset", and "Report". Next to the dropdown menu it shows the button "Add literature".
  • A new browser tab opens. When you log in for the first time you have to confirm the data transfer according to Single Sign-On as well as the authorization to query your course rooms and functions. This is necessary to provide you with the required authorizations in the target system. The e-mail for user identification and your course rooms are transferred.

2.1. Data form of the electronic reserves

You can use the data form of the electronic reserves to enter the relevant data for your literature entry. You can also import data by DOI or ISBN.

The screenshot of the submit mask of the eReserves system for adding data to the literature entry. All fields are empty but sho relevant description of what to enter in the according field. The entered data can be postponed using the button "Postpone" at the bottom of the form, or saved using the "Finish & Release" button next to it.



In the upper right corner next to your e-mail address you can change the language. Since the form data will be lost when you change the language, you must decide on a language before you enter data.

2.2. Importing data

  • You can initiate a data import via DOI, Pubmed-ID, HT number etc. by means of the "Import data" input field. After confirmation with the Enter key (or the Tab key), the fields are pre-filled with the corresponding data.
  • There is a separate import field for data import based on an ISBN. After confirming the input, a list of hits is displayed here. Select the appropriate hit to transfer the title data to the fields provided.

    The screenshot shows the first four fields of the form to enter the literature data. A dropdown menu in the field "ISBN" shows one entry in the library database, as a ISBN was entered.


All fields marked with a star are mandatory. 
  • In the field "Course room(s)*" only course rooms can be selected for which the literature module is already activated. The displayed selection contains rooms for which we have an assignment for you - but you can search for further rooms by entering the appropriate data.
  • In the field "Title*" LaTeX code in the form of MathJax is allowed.

2.3. Request to the library

  • In the mandatory field "Request to the library" you can choose what you want to commission the library with. Four options are available to you:
    • Purchase request - Here you propose the registered title for purchase for the library stock.
    • Check copyright - Here you instruct the library to check the digitised version of your literature entry for possible copyright issues. The version to be checked is uploaded below via "Add new file".
    • Digitization request - You hereby instruct the library to digitise the registered title and to make it available to students as an attachment to the entry in the course room.
    • Reference only - With this option, you make it clear that you only want to display the registered title as a reference in the course room without an attached digitised version.

      The screenshot shows the field "Request to the library" with the available options "Purchase request", "Check copyright", "Digitation request", and "Reference only". All options have the German translation before the English expression.
  • With the button "Add new file" you can upload a (PDF-)file containing the full text of your entry. In the field "Name" a different display name can be entered.

2.4. Additional information / general notes

If you have any additional remarks for this entry enter them here. Please note that the text will be visible to your students.


2.5. Library internal remarks

The library will add important remarks regarding your request in this field. You can also add information for the library staff here. The information won't be visible for your students.



The link to the full text is immediately visible to students after saving the entry. However, access to it is only allowed after the University Library has completed the copyright check and released the entry. Managers can always access full texts they have attached themselves.

2.6. Finish and release

If your entries are complete, confirm this with "Finish & Release". The University Library will then receive a notification and, if necessary, process your entry (copyright check or digitisation order).

If necessary the message "You didn't assign publications to individual authors?" will appear. You can ignore it by "Proceed anyway". The message "If available, choose a DFG, EU or 3rd party funding in the Grant name field." can always be ignored with "Proceed anyway".

You can use the button "Postpone" if you want to keep your entry and finish it later.

Once you have completed the process of adding an entry on the library system side, you will receive a confirmation email from the library with the ID of your entry. The entry will be transferred to the course room with a slight delay and will appear in the literature area under "Literature in the process by the library" (manager view) or "Literature" (student view).

After approval, the entry for managers in the literature section will appear under "Literature" to indicate that the processing is complete.


3. Display the literature entries

The detailed display format is selected by default. This typically displays the following data for an entry:

  • Document type e.g. book, article, book contribution, ...
  • Authors
  • Title with link to the entry on the Semesterapparat page
  • Place and year of publication
  • Link to the full text
  • Export links for literature management (BibTex, Endnote, Citavi, etc.)

    The screenshot shows a literature example in the long format. A link in the top row allows switching to the short format. The information given is the document type, the authors, the title with a link to the "Semesterapparat" page, the place and year of publication, the DOI and/or ISBN, a link to the full text, and export links for literature management.
  • Click on the "Short format" link to change the display to a more compact format. Here the ad is reduced to the first author, year, title and full-text links. By clicking on "Long format" you switch back to the standard display format.

    The screenshot shows two literature items in the "short format" as a list. Each entry has a checkbox and shows the author, the year of publication, a link to the publication, a format icon, a download link, and a link to the full text.

    4. Insert literature list entries as a Label resource in the course room

    You can include references to individual entries from the literature list as a Label resource in the course room. Proceed as follows:

    1. In the literature, section selects the list entry you want to add to a topic.
    2. Select the topic to which you want to add the entry as a Label.
    3. Finally, click on "Insert as the label".

      The screenshot shows a list with five literature entries. Every entry is displayed in the short format with a leading checkbox. At the bottom, the dropdown menu "Insert into" shows the list of course topics, "General", "Thema 1", "Topic 2", "Topic 3", and "Topic 4". The button "Add as label" appears next to the dropdown menu.

    The entry is now inserted as a text field at the bottom of the topic section. You can use the cross icon in front of the text field to move it to the appropriate place in the section.


    5. Hide or deactivate the literature section

    You can hide the literature area for students or disable it completely. To hide the literature area only, click the gear in the upper right corner of the literature area and select "Hide site". Students will then see the "Literature" item in the horizontal menu bar, but will not be able to access it.

    To completely disable the literature section, follow these steps:

    1. On the course page,click "Settings" to access the course settings.
    2.  Go to the section "Literature" and uncheck the option "Enable literature". After saving the settings, the "Literature" entry disappears from the horizontal menu bar under "More".


    If you have already created literature entries, these will be kept on the library page and will be displayed again after reactivating the module.

    6. Reuse literature entries and digital copies (import)

    It is possible to reuse literature entries from one semester in another semester. Technically, only the new course room is added to the existing entry. Since some literature may only be digitized at a certain percentage, this process must always be subject to a legal examination. Therefore, adding a new course room to an existing entry and thus an "import" may only be done by a library staff member. For this purpose, it is sufficient to send an appropriate e-mail to or After the check by a library employee, the course room is added to the entry. 

    last changed on 10/24/2023

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