Copyright law does not provide exact guidelines for how much of a work you can post for a course reading. However, the Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copyright in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions (see full text within Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians) provides the following definitions for brevity:
|Article from a periodical
|Less than 2500 words
|Not more than 1,000 words or 10% of work (whichever is less)
|Poetry from a collection
|Complete poem if less than 250 words
|Short story or essay from a collection
|Less than 2500 words
|One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or periodical issue
Note that these are not definitive guidelines but suggestions that must be weighed with the other three factors of fair use to make a proper determination.
Individual readings bound in course packs are also subject to copyright law.
Individual faculty can submit the course pack materials through Barnes and Noble Education or by contacting the campus bookstore manager. Upon completion, the course packs are shipped to and sold at our campus bookstore. Contact the Bookstore for more information about this process (x8350; email@example.com).
If you wish to post individual readings to your course Moodle page, it is best to start by determining whether you need to seek permission in the first place.
Do you need to seek permission?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, good news! You do not need to seek permission to use the work. However, it is still a good idea to provide a citation to the original work, and in some cases, this is required (e.g. Creative Commons works).
If your reading is under copyright, follow the three steps below:
1) Is your reading available through Eckerd College Library’s databases?
2) Does your use of the work fall under current Fair Use guidelines? See information on Fair Use on the Copyright tab to determine whether your use of the reading falls within Fair Use guidelines.
3) If your use falls within fair use guidelines, did you or the library legally (e.g. you or the library own a copy, it is not borrowed from another library) obtain the item?
Persistent links are permanent or stable links to an electronic article or resource from a library database that will allow a user to access the article at a later time. When linking to resources in library databases, it is best to use the persistent or durable links provided by the database because merely copying the URL will not work, as those contain session information which changes per user. The persistent link will also have our proxy information appended to it, which means that the link will work for both on and off-campus users. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) will also provide links to the publisher version of an electronic article, but may not include our proxy information for access the link remotely.
Persistent links are available through most library databases. Here are instructions for accessing them from a number of our resources:
1) Search for an article or e-Book relevant to your course.
2) Click on the article title to see the article record, containing options for Cite, Permalink, and Pin on the right.
3) Click the Permalink button. Copy and paste this link to your course Moodle page where you would like the article to appear
When your students click on this link, they will be taken OneSearch to view the full text of the article.
1) In PsycNET, search for an article relevant to your course.
2) Click on the article title to see the article record.
3) In the Citation section, note the hyperlinked DOI (digital object identifier) code, circled in orange below. This contains the persistent link for the article. Right click the link to copy the link and then paste it to your course Moodle page.
On the item detail page, the persistent link is on the right side of the image. Click the 'Copy' button to copy the link.
Download a copy of Know Your Copy Rights: What You Can Do aimed at faculty and teaching assistants.
Also see the one-page What You Can Do chart.
The Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians from the Library of Congress includes guidelines for classroom copying, as well as educational uses of music.
Copyright For The Rest Of Us: A Guide For People Who Aren’t Lawyers by Keyser, Marcia W. Open access book available under a Creative Commons license.