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Sharing Course Materials: Summary of Options

This page has basic guidelines to help faculty understand methods and rules for sharing course materials with students. It is not intended as a comprehensive overview of copyright and fair use. To learn more, the Stanford University Fair Use Center is an excellent resource, and these guidelines from Yale University can help you evaluate whether fair use applies to a specific instance.

As you work through how you will make readings available keep in mind that you should comply with accessibility rules.SensusAccess will convert many file types to a more accessible format. It can also be used to make print more accessible after a print copy is scanned. Scanners are available on the A Level of LITC to convert print to a digital format.

If you have questions after reading this information or need any help, contact your department liaison, write to ISHelp@trincoll.edu  or call 860-297-2007.

Guidelines on Sharing Course Materials

 

Below are basic guidelines on acceptable ways to share material for a class. The guidelines are for copyrighted material. If material is not protected by copyright (for example, U.S. publication before 1923) these guidelines do not apply and you have more options for sharing material. This chart from the Cornell Copyright Information Center summarizes what US works are in the public domain.

Material Place at Reserves Desk Link in Moodle Save File on Moodle Distribute in Class via Print Out/Photocopy  Course Pack Use Excerpt / Clip in Powerpoint Notes
Book in print (entire) Yes NA No No No Yes

If you need print copies of an out-of-print book for students the library may be able to help using a vendor, Lightning Press. 

 

Book chapter from print book (one chapter or less than 10% of book) Yes NA Yes (scan a copy) Yes Yes permission required Yes  
Ebook (library-licensed such as JSTOR, Project Muse, Springer) NA Yes No No (not entire book, individual chapters okay) No Yes

Library licenses usually forbid saving a file and sharing online and forbid course pack inclusion. Link only to original (see instructions for how to create a lasting link less likely to break).

Students may purchase Springer ebooks in print for $25.

Journal article in print (one article from one issue) Yes NA Yes (scan a copy) Yes Yes permission required Yes  
Ejournal article (library-licensed) NA Yes No Yes No Yes Library licenses usually forbid saving a file and sharing online and forbid course pack inclusion. Link only to original (see instructions for how to create a lasting link less likely to break).
DVD Yes NA No NA NA Yes  
Streaming Video (Kanopy, Swank, Films on Demand) NA Yes No NA NA Yes Library licenses usually forbid saving a file and sharing online. Link only to original (see instructions for how to create a lasting link less likely to break).
Student work             In all cases use only with permission from the student.
Simple data chart, table NA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Infographic NA Yes Yes Yes Yes with permission Yes For a  discussion of how a traditional chart and more creative infographics are treated for copyright see Copyrightability of Tables, Charts and Graphs
Image, digitized NA Yes Yes Yes Yes, permission required Yes Staff are available to digitize material. Contact Amanda Bolacker or Nancy Smith.
Music Clip NA Yes NA NA NA Yes  

Forms are available for 

  • Reserves to be provided at the Information Services Desk.
  • Course Packs to be provided at the Bookstore.