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Copyright Guidelines

What Can be Placed on Reserve?

These materials CAN be placed on library Course Reserves or Moodle without copyright permission:

  • Lawfully obtained copies owned by the faculty or library
  • Public domain documents
  • U.S. government documents
  • Materials created by the class instructor (class notes, syllabi, etc.)
  • Journal articles: One article from an issue of a journal
  • Books: One chapter, not to exceed 10% of the book. Review copies of textbooks may not be placed on reserve due to copyright restrictions unless written permission is granted by the publisher.

These materials CANNOT be placed on library Course Reserves or Moodle without copyright permission:

  • Materials obtained through interlibrary loan or owned by another library
  • Rented videos or any materials that are not either owned by the library or the personal property of the instructor
  • Standardized tests, workbooks, answer sheets, or other commercial products of a similar nature
  • Unpublished manuscripts, student papers, SIPs, or theses that are not accompanied by written permission from the author
  • Any materials that do not conform to copyright laws (Title 17 U.S. Code)

Link or Copy?

Should I link to a document or make a copy (pdf)? 

Best practice under fair use is to link to a document (usually on a website or in the library databases) whenever possible.