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Using Electronic Reserves (eReserves)

eReserves provide Internet access to documents on reserve for WOU courses. The documents are available for viewing and printing 24 hours a day, from on or off-campus. eReserves include course materials, such as journal articles, past exams, and class notes. Access to these materials is limited to current WOU students, faculty, and staff. Materials placed on eReserve are subject to all copyright laws.

To Access eReserves
  1. From the library home page, choose Course Reserves
  2. Search reserves by instructor or course number.
  3. Use the View link to display an ereserve item.
  4. Off-campus users must authenicate through the library proxy server using their network username and password
Using Adobe Acrobat Reader
Many ereserve files use this program for viewing.

Printing Web documents

Printing from Microsoft Powerpoint (multiple slides per page)

Acrobat Reader software & hardware requirements

Many electronic reserve materials are in Acrobat PDF file format. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or newer is required (if you use Internet Explorer, version 5.0 or newer is required). You can download this free software from Adobe's Web site.

Before installing the new software, uninstall any older versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. Click here for help installing the program.

System requirements for each version of the Acrobat Reader software vary. Please see Adobe Acrobat Reader - System Requirements for current information.

You also need Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (or newer versions).


  • Size: The minimum and maximum zoom levels available depend on the current page size. In the lower left corner, you will see a percentage. This tells you if the page is at 100%, 170%, etc. Clicking on the down arrow next to the percentage allows you to change the size of the loaded page. Acrobat Reader 5 will often load the page at 150% or larger. In some cases, this decreases the quality of the text on the screen. By changing the magnification to a smaller percentage the document often becomes more legible. Other methods of resizing the page include the Zoom-in tool (magnifying glass) or Fit buttons (page with corner folded over) in the command bar at the top of the reading.

  • File size: File size helps determine quality, downloading, and printing time of the finished product. We continue to work on making our files as compact as possible. One way of achieving this is to split large, multi-page documents into smaller segments. Please be alert to one title with several sets of pages listed.

  • Next Page: To go to another page, click the Next Page button in the top command bar or bottom status bar. To go to the previous page, click the Previous Page button in the command or status bar, or use the scroll bar along the side of the page.

  • Broken links: URLs sometimes change and we are not always notified. Please help us out and alert us to broken links.

  • Help with Adobe Acrobat Reader: See the Support page.

NOTE: The quality and legibility of a scanned image will vary when displayed as a PDF file on your computer screen, based on a variety of factors. These include: the quality of the original document, the settings used when the document was scanned, and the resolution of your monitor. If you are attempting to read a PDF document on your screen, familiarize yourself with the various "View" options of the Acrobat Reader, especially those which permit magnification. If the document remains difficult to read on screen, try printing it as the printed version is often more legible.


  • To download a PDF document to a disk: click on the disk button or File> Save As. Specify the disk drive, the file name, and the "save as" type. Click the Save button. To read it later, first open in Acrobat Reader, then open the file.


  • Printing PDF Files: Click on the Adobe Print Icon on the toolbar directly above the document text. If desired, specify the page range, number of copies and other options then click OK.

  • Sometimes a PDF file will print as a "mirror image" of the original. If this happens, select File>Print and then make sure that the "Print As Image" option is chosen. The file should then print accurately.

  • For more information see the Adobe Acrobat ReaderTechnical Guide printing section

    Printing from Web Documents: Links to commercial, full-text indexes may be listed on e-Reserve courses instead of PDF files. Some may have frames or issues which cause printing difficulties. If you encounter problems printing, please ask library staff for assistance.

  • Printing Multiple PowerPoint Slides on to One Page


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