ONCORES: Online Course Reserve System

The HSU Library provides an online course reserve system, called ONCORES, for use by the campus community. Through ONCORES, students in participating classes have around-the-clock access, via the ONCORES/Reserves search interface in the HSU Library Catalog, to many of the materials which an instructor has placed on reserve for outside reading. At the instructor's option, ONCORES staff will also provide persistent links to electronic readings that the instructor can then post in the Moodle course management system. Whenever the instructor selects this option, the reading will be available through both the Course Reserves interface in the HSU Library Catalog and Moodle.

Materials provided through ONCORES are password-protected to help ensure that they will only be used by the target audience, i.e., students enrolled in a particular class, in compliance with the Fair Use provisions in Section 107 of the United States Copyright Act.

ONCORES Goals and Guidelines

The primary purpose of ONCORES is to provide HSU students with online access to course reserve materials via the Internet, as requested by HSU faculty, in compliance with campus copyright and Fair Use policies. Materials provided through ONCORES may include, but are not limited to, journal articles, book chapters, course syllabi, reading lists, lecture notes, examinations, problem sets, or links to other copyright-free web resources.

Some of the advantages of using ONCORES to provide reserve materials include:

  • Providing access to course reserve materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Offering simultaneous access to the same item to any number of students;
  • Facilitating access to reserve materials from virtually any personal computer or internet device with access to the Internet;
  • Offering students a single point-of-entry for all online reserve materials, that is, the Course Reserves search interface in the HSU Library Catalog;
  • Providing the capability for pages to be downloaded, saved, and/or printed for personal off-line use;
  • Ensuring that materials are being made available in compliance with established copyright policy.

ONCORES services are available to all HSU teaching faculty in support of regular classes.

ONCORES Services Available from the Library

Library staff are available to provide the following services through ONCORES:

  • Retrieving materials, as available, from the HSU Library collection;
  • Scanning and converting print materials into accessible Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF);
  • Scanning print source materials into Optical Character Recognition (OCR) format;
  • Converting scanned OCR materials into Hypertext Markup Language (HTML);
  • Creating the necessary records, directories, links, and files within the HSU Library Catalog;
  • Providing a persistent link to an electronic reading, which an instructor can then post in Moodle;
  • Providing the campus community with assistance and logistical support in the use of the ONCORES system.
Technical Information

Library ONCORES personnel use Adobe Acrobat to create PDF documents and OmniPage Pro for OCR/HTML conversion. PDF documents, which comprise the vast majority of documents provided through ONCORES, require that a user's personal computer or Internet device be configured with Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is available on virtually all University computers. Users who do not already have Acrobat Reader on their personal machine can download that application free of charge from the Adobe web site.  ONCORES documents that are in HTML format are readable from any web browser without additional software.

For additional information, contact the ONCORES/Reserves staff by email or call 826-4401/3431, or stop by the Library Reserves Office in Library 110 (behind the Checkout Desk).