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COVID-19 Library Resources

Summary of our services to students and faculty as well as links to current COVID-19 information

Copyright & Fair Use

During this time, there have been some adjustments to the copyright and fair use policy for colleges and universities. Please note that copyright has not been suspended, but fair use has expanded temporarily. Here is a brief summary of the changes. Below that is a link to the full document created on March 13, 2020.

  • It's better to link than to copy. Vendors are allowing access to more resources. Using a link in Canvas or providing the web address is preferable to scanning or making a copy.
  • Look for open-sourced materials. See if you can find a licensed, public domain or open-source alternative before sharing licensed materials. 
  • Limit the spread of copyrighted materials. Make sure any materials you share are available only to enrolled students, that they are only accessible during the time period when needed, and that they include proper citation, attribution or copyright notices.
  •  Use only what is needed.  U.S. Copyright Law permits playing "reasonable and limited" portions of a copyrighted film or video in an online class. If viewing an entire film or video is required, the instructor should locate a publicly available source or use a fully-licensed streaming service. 

Request Digitization of Library Materials

Please complete the Digitization Request Form below. Once you have submitted the form, we will check for freely-available electronic versions. If we cannot access an electronic version, we will try to digitize the item for you.‚Äč To avoid copyright violations, any materials digitized by the library or by the faculty must be restricted to class members only and must be removed from Canvas at the end of the semester. 

Adding Links to Canvas

Access databases by clicking on them from the library website, which will serve as your portal to all content provided by the libraries. (Instead of doing a Google search for a database by name, which will not associate you with Emmanuel College.) From off campus, you will be asked to log in using the GALILEO password.

You can link to library resources in Canvas by adding a URL Resource to a Course Page or adding a hyperlink to text on a page. It's safer to copy the permalink (permanent link) than the URL in the address bar because address bar URLs can change whereas permalinks do not.

Permalinks for ebooks and articles are clearly marked with a link symbol on the ebook or article page in GALILEO. A permalink for a database can be found in the "Database A-Z" area of GALILEO. Click on "more" in the database description and the expanded description with the permalink at the bottom will be shown.

If you need assistance locating a permalink or incorporating it into Canvas, please contact Mrs. Deborah Millier.


Limiting Access to Files on Canvas

Access to downloaded files can be managed in Canvas under the "Manage Access" tab at the top once a file has been selected. In addition to publish/unpublish, faculty can set access to "only available to students with link" or they can "schedule student availability."