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Academic Integrity

Quick Guide to Copyright

Best Practices

  • Always use lawfully acquired copies.
  • Always use permanent or persistent links rather than uploading Files to Canvas
  • Fair Use and the TEACH Act do not allow you to share entire works. Only share what you need of a resource to make your point.
  • Ask a Librarian for recommendations if you are unsure what to do.

Quick Guide to Fair Use

Under the Fair Use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute - Copyright Act of 1976, Section 107 - it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. 

Note: Not all educational use is considered Fair Use and Fair Use determinations must be made on a case-by-case basis, 

Fair Use is determined using four factors:

  1. The purpose and character of the use (including whether it is transformative, commercial, non-profit, or educational)
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion to be used
  4. The effect upon the potential market for the copyrighted work

For more information on Fair Use and how to determine if it applies, explore these resources.

Further Resources

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