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Library Reserves in Canvas

Library Reserves files and links are now placed directly in your Canvas course! When you request reserves you will receive information on where to find the files and links.

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.37.49 PMQuestions on how to integrate these materials seamlessly in your course? Check out the Canvas guides or email for assistance.

The instructional design team would also like to use this change as an opportunity to remind Dartmouth faculty that the college recently adopted a new set of guidelines for using copyrighted material. You can read about the new Dartmouth College Copyright Policy here, or click "Read More" for an FAQ on posting copyrighted materials to your Canvas site.

Good News!  You can apply the powerful Fair Use section of the U.S. Copyright Code to your decisions to post materials to your Canvas site. 

BUT you must follow the best practices for posting materials under Fair Use. You should be able to:

  • articulate why your use of copyrighted material is transformative. Do you use  the materials in a way that is different from the original intent of the copyright owner?
  • articulate why the amount and kind of the material used is appropriate for your teaching.
  • verify that the materials in question are available only to enrolled students and only for the duration of the course.

For more information, see: Guidelines for posting copyrighted materials to your Canvas site


Are there any materials I can post to my Canvas site without those restrictions?

Materials (text, videos, audio, etc.) that are in the Public Domain or for which such uses are articulated through Creative Commons licenses.

How do I know if the material I post is copyrighted?  I don’t see the © symbol or any statement. 

It is safe to assume it is copyrighted under U.S. law UNLESS it was published before 1923 or is clearly noted as being in the Public Domain. You can explore the comprehensive overview of Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States here.

 Does it matter who can read and download the materials?  I want all my course materials to be available to the students until they graduate, and I’d like students thinking about taking my course to see the readings. 

 Yes, it really does matter.  Dartmouth licenses a great deal of the materials you post to your site under the condition that only current Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff can access the materials for reading, downloading, or sharing for scholarly purposes.  This is why linking to Dartmouth subscribed materials is always better than actually posting the full texts.

Who should I contact with my questions about using copyrighted materials in Canvas?

 You can contact with any copyright questions you may have, or write to with inquiries about posting or linking to content on Canvas.

Featured Image: "Studying in the Orozco Room in Baker Library", by Joseph Mehling '69.

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