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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 Library advises that you use a link from the catalog record for that item.

Integrating Library resources into Canvas in this way helps you remain copyright compliant and makes accessing resources easier for your students. Using catalog links will ensure continued access to these items for students who are both on and off campus.

See below for more information on using Library resources in electronic course reserves and course packs.

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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Using Library Resources in Canvas

Infographic: title: Using Library Resources in Canvas, screenshots of the Library homepage, Library catalog, share pop-up, and article record on publisher website.

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Using Library Resources in Canvas

STEP 1: Look for the full title in quotations in the Library search everything bar. Library website:

STEP 2: In the catalog results, look for the Share button, and select Copy link from the pop-up box.

STEP 3: Use the catalog link in your Canvas shell to route students to the article or ebook through the Library catalog.

Electronic Reserves & Course Packs: Permissions by Database & Publisher

Electronic Course Reserves & Course Packs

Should you be interested in using an article or ebook from the Library in a digital course pack (compilation of course materials) or electronic course reserves, see the list below for the details about permissions. 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.

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 digital course packs.

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.