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Copyrighted Material in Canvas Faculty Guide

Course Reserves & Canvas

If you want to include a scholarly article or ebook from a Library subscription database in your Canvas shell, the first step is determining whether that article can be reused in a learning management system, which is included in the publisher's educational reuse policies. Find these policies below.

Permissions about course use beyond what's covered by fair use are based on publisher policies. These publishers provide specific language about course packs and electronic reserves in their licenses or terms of use, either allowing it to institutional members, requiring advance permission, or forbidding it altogether.

Some of these databases include open access articles or works in the public domain (for more on that, see the Always Okay to Use tab). Permission for educational reuse is unnecessary in those cases. The policies below therefore refers only to scholarly articles published behind a subscription paywall.

For more info on Stevens' policies regarding the use of course materials in Canvas, see Fair Use Guidelines in Canvas, below.
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Permissions by Database & Publisher

Publisher Policies

An alphabetical list of Library databases, including the website that explains their policies (if available) and whether they allow electronic course reserves and/or online course packs (compilations of course materials).

These policies cover content that is not licensed for open reuse or in the public domain.

Please note: these policies apply only to members of the Stevens community who have institutional access to these databases.


Posting an item to Canvas (or another LMS) does not exempt an instructor from copyright regulations. The information presented here provides guidance but should not be considered legal advice. If in doubt, it is always advisable to err on the side of caution and speak with legal counsel.