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Copyright Resources

Analyze fair use to determine if you can use the work without permission or to determine if you need permission.  Follow these best practices:

  • LINK!  Whenever possible use licensed library resources and link to the content.  Linking is preferable to scanning and posting digital copies of the full text of an article, a book chapter, or an image
  • If you must post full text, limit to small excerpts (single article or chapter)
  • Consider context—providing access to multiple works in Canvas could be considered a “digital course pack”.  Course packs need permission if not allowed by the Library's license 
  • Check with the library to see if the Library's license for the resource allows the use you want. 
  • Don’t provide so much content in Canvas that the material ends up being a substitute for purchasing the materials (amount and substance of the use)
  • If you use content for more than one term, get permission for each subsequent term
  • If scanning a print copy to use online, make sure you have a legal original copy (you did not violate copyright when you obtained the copy)
  • When the class is over, remove the copyrighted materials from the course
  • Be sure posted copies carry a complete citation, proper attribution  and copyright notices
  • Do not use content created and marketed specifically for online courses
  • Do not use workbooks, lab manuals, etc.  These are meant to be purchased and “consumed” by students.
Source: Loma Linda University Libraries

Search Journal Locator to determine if the library has access to the journal that you want to use

Journal Locator

Search the library catalog to determine if the book you want to use is available as an e-book in our collection.