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Check out our responses to common questions instructors have about posting materials in Canvas.

Q: How can I place links to library resources (articles, eBooks, etc.) in my course site or syllabus?

A: Here’s a detailed how-to guide for linking to library-owned resources. Learn step by step how to find a permanent link, make sure it works for your students, and share it. As always, if you have questions please ask a librarian.

Q: How much of a book can I scan and post in Canvas? What are the copyright restrictions?

A: Copyright law’s “fair use” provision can often justify posting part of a copyrighted work in Canvas. Educational use is not always fair; you must examine your use according to all four fair use factors in U.S. copyright law. Complete the Fair Use Checklist for each item you use in course. This documents your good faith effort in evaluating the fair use of the material you are using. Contact the Libraries’ Copyright Support Team to discuss your options for working with copyrighted material.

Q: Does the library have streaming videos I can use or assign in my class?

A: Yes. The library licenses videos needed for required course viewing. Complete the request form and the library can get and pay for licensing for streaming films.

Q: Can I ask the library to buy a book I want to use for my research or my class?

A: Yes, although the library does not buy textbooks for the sole purpose of serving as required text for a class. Complete the purchase request form and the Libraries’ Collection Team will contact you about the item.