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The purpose of this guide is to help students or faculty members determine what can be used in the classroom and online in accordance with copyright.
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Copyright Basics

The Educational use provisions of U.S. copyright laws grant students and teachers wide latitude when it comes to selecting materials for use in papers, lectures, postings and other assignments.  Educational use does not grant blanket permission, and unfortunately the law is not necessarily very clear either.  Do not throw up your hands in disgust or frustration.  Here are some guidelines to help you to make your copyright decisions.


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Electronic Postings and Linkings--No Problem!

If you need to post to your Moodle page it is OK to provide a link to an article in one of the library's databases.  Our licenses permit linking. Here are some examples:

  1. Link to an article in a library database.
  2. Link to an image in ARTstor.
  3. Link to a film clip in Films on Demand.
  4. Link to Naxos music.
  5. Email article links to members of your class.
  6. You may post an article from a printed journal owned by the library.

Content from the library's books or from your own personal copies can also be used for Moodle postings, but should not exceed 10% of the total work.

Government resources, items freely available from the web, and materials from Creative Commons can be used with attribution.

Works in the Public Domain can be used.  What is the Public Domain?

Works from Creative Commons can be used. What is Creative Commons?


Potential Problems

These are examples of things you may not be able to use.

  1. Do not upload an article you received through interlibrary loan.
  2. Do not upload PDF's of articles from the library's databases; link instead.
  3. Do not upload portions of broadcasts or films.  You can provide links ( ).
  4. Do not post links to music that you have recorded without obtaining written permission from copyright holder.
  5. Do not upload images without written permission from the copyright holder.
  6. Remember, one poem is a complete work; complete works cannot be posted.

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