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Course Reserves - Instructor Manual

A basic how-to guide for Ares, our new Course Reserves system

Adding Ares Items to the Content Tab

We recommend organizing your course readings by using tags, but it is also possible to add reserves to the Content tab in Nexus through links. Before doing so, please note the following:

  1. If you are using a merged Nexus course (combined sections or cross-listed courses), your students must click on the ReserveReadings tab at least once before accessing reserves through the Content tab. This action assigns them the necessary permissions to view materials hosted on the Ares Course Reserve System.
  2. Course reserve items shared in the Content tab are treated as an external resource by Nexus. This means that once students open the link, they will need to log in to Ares using their Nexus username and password in order to view the material. 


Adding a Reserve Item to the Content Tab

Reserve items can be added to the Content tab by linking.

  • If the reserve item is a PDF or other uploaded material, you must use the Ares permalink, which can be found under “Show Details” in the Reserve Table under the ReserveReadings tab in Nexus.
  • If the reserve item is an online resource (a library catalogue record, a website, etc.), it is best to use the direct link, rather than the Ares permalink.
    • If using a direct link to a library licensed item, rather than a link to the catalogue record, you must include the proxy prepend,
    • Note that by using the direct link, you will not be able track the usage statistics.

To add a link:

  1. Navigate to the module you wish to add the item to.
  2. Click the blue “New” button and then select “Create a Link”.
  3. Under Title, enter a relevant name.
  4. Under URL, paste the link.
  5. Check the box next to “Open as External Resource”. This will cause the link to open in a new browser tab.
    • NOTE: If you do not check this box, the link will not work and your students will not be able to view the material.
  6. Click “Create”.



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