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Copyrighted Material in Canvas Faculty Guide

Guidance and information on the use of copyrighted materials in Canvas.


While traditional copyright protections can get in the way of including paywalled articles in your Canvas shell, there is a lot of research available to you right now for immediate course use: 

If you find something in an open repository, published by an open access journal publisher, or published by the government, you can feel free to incorporate them into your course once you verify the access specified in the license. Or, in the case of materials in the public domain, use it however you like!


Posting an item to Canvas for educational purposes does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. The information presented here provides guidance but should not be considered legal advice. 


Please email to consult with a librarian for guidance on the use of copyrighted course materials.
For all Canvas-related questions, please email to create a support ticket.