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Reading Lists Guide for Faculty

A helpful guide to creating reading lists for faculty.

Copyright Policies for Course Reading Lists

  • Course materials must go through Course Reading Lists because this is how we maintain copyright compliance for the University.
  • Library staff will digitize materials from our print collection if an electronic alternative is not available and if the amount is determined to be within fair use guidelines.
  • Always link directly to content on the Internet, rather than downloading and posting it in Canvas or Course Reading Lists.
  • Do not upload articles you have acquired through interlibrary loan or another institution. 
  • You should only upload documents that are your own intellectual property.
  • Materials that are not owned by St. Kate's or freely available from the publisher will need to be licensed. The St. Kate's Library currently covers all licensing fees, but there may be materials we cannot license due to excessive cost or publisher restrictions. Licensing fees are calculated for each unique viewer, and can only be calculated through Course Reading Lists.
  • Use the Four Factors of Fair Use (see below) to determine appropriate usage of materials in your course.

What is Fair Use?

From the U.S. Copyright Office:

Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use. Section 107 calls for consideration of the following four factors in evaluating a question of fair use:

  • Purpose and Character of the Use
  • Nature of the Original Work
  • Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used
  • Effect of the Use on the Potential Market For or Value Of the Source Work

Have Copyright Questions?

While librarians are not legal authorities, they can help you think through copyright issues. Please contact your subject librarian if you have copyright questions.

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