Copyright law requires that permissions be obtained from the copyright holder for the dissemination of articles in a coursepack or through a course management system. Fair use exemptions must meet the appropriate conditions. More information about copyright and Fair Use is available in our Copyright guide. For details about coursepacks, contact the campus bookstore. If you have additional questions about copyright, contact Rebecca van Kniest: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To avoid copyright issues, you may be able to provide your students with a direct, unchanging (persistent) link to the article you want to use in your class. If we have access to the article thorough one of our library databases, you can put a Persistent Link to the article in Canvas that will take students directly to that article. This method does not require copyright permissions to be secured. Here's how to set it up:
Finding the Article
You must have the citation for the article you need in hand. Here is the article we will look for in this example:
Connaghan, K. P., Fisk, D., & Patel, R. (2021). The impact of musical training on understanding dysarthric speech: A preliminary study of transcription errors. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 42(2), 73–80. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740119886541
- On Fontbonne library's homepage, Click on Publication Finder.
- Log in using your Fontbonne username & password, if off-campus.
- In Publication Finder, type the title of the JOURNAL in the FIND box. Your results will look similar to this:
If the journal is indexed in a database to which Fontbonne Library subscribes, a link (in blue) will be provided to the database and the dates for which full-text is available will be shown. (NOTE: Watch out for "Full Text Delay" meaning that full-text for issues in that time period are not currently available.)
Click on the database link that provides the appropriate date coverage you need and use your citation to find the article. Follow the directions below:
For EBSCO databases
- In an EBSCO database, select the year needed, then the issue/month.
- When the results list appears, scroll down to find the article.
- Once you have found the article you need, click on the title of the article.
- Once the article appears, click on the Permalink icon on the right side of the screen.
- Copy that link and paste it into Blackboard. Include the citation in Blackboard as well -- it will be helpful for students if that database is unavailable for some reason when they go to retrieve the article.
You can put the link under Course Documents or wherever makes the most sense for your course.
If Publication Finder provides a link to JSTOR for your article, you will be linked to the browse screen for that journal.
- Scroll down and select year, issue, article title, etc. as you did above.
- Once you have found the correct article, cut and paste the URL from the top of the screen. This will take students through the proxy server to authenticate them and give them access to the article whether they are on or off campus.