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SPHTM Online Programs

A guide for learners in the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine online programs

Tulane University Copyright Information

You are the best judge of whether your use of information is a fair use. 

This page is intended to provide teaching faculty and students at Tulane University with information about how to link Howard-Tilton Memorial Library resources-including those located at the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences--,such as articles in online journals, eBooks, and films in streaming media format,-to course materials such as syllabi or class session documents in the Canvas course management system, or otherwise online. You may notice two points consistent throughout:

  1. Making use of high-quality library resources through course materials and assignments is integral to good scholarship. 
  2. it's also important for patrons to adhere to copyright guidelines and licensing restrictions on published material acquired through the library, including material in formats available online.  

Scanning and delivery of excerpts from books and other library materials is governed by US copyright law. Course instructors are responsible for determining whether their requests are consistent with the law. This information should help you as you make that determination


When placing the copyrighted materials of others within an online course, there are basically three options:

1.  Comply with the requirements of the TEACH Act amendment to the copyright act [Section 110(2)];
2.  Determine whether your proposed use qualifies as a fair use; or
3.  Obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Linking Articles in Canvas

Linking from the Resources/Find Articles/New Library Search and select Articles. Enter the article title.  You can link to the record which in turn will link students to the full text. You can also provide a link to a book or document so your students can find the call number or bibliographic information easily.
•    Locate an item using the Resources/Find Articles/New Library Search and select Articles, Select the article
•    Click on the Details tab in the left column
•    Click on Permalink to display the article's persistent URL link
Copy and paste the Permalink  into the course document you intend to provide through Canvas. 

Fair Use Evaluation Tools

While the law is generally flexible and sensitive to context, there are two categories of material that are virtually never OK to scan and place in electronic reserve:

  1. Commercial textbooks, or textbook-like material, that is still in publication and/or available for purchase
  2. Commercially available consumables, such as workbooks.

EBooks on Canvas

Many individual eBooks titles are licensed for one user at a time (single users). Listing eBooks as required reading  may require a multi-use license, especially if there will be a significant number of students enrolled in the course.  Multi-user upgrades for individual titles are available, but not from all publishers or for all titles. 
Faculty should contact their department  librarian liaison  to inquire about multi-user availability for eBooks before listing them.
Locating ebooks:  EBooks with licensed access are found using the Books & More feature of the Search box.  Also they are found in databases. Locate those by selecting Resources. Links to eBooks from the Books & More feature of the Library Search box is especially useful for course readings.  

Creative Commons License
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