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Copyright & Fair Use

Resources, evaluation tools, and recommendations for copyright and fair use, particularly in the face-to-face and online classroom context.

This guide provides resources, evaluation tools, and some general recommendations on copyright and fair use. Start here with this quick guide to the Dos and Don'ts of Copyrighted Material in Canvas:


  • Link out to sources, including sources accessible through Library databases
  • Provide citations to build research skills and allow alternative methods of access
  • Embed fair use-friendly media, including images
  • Check with your librarian about purchasing unlimited user licenses for frequently assigned readings


  • Upload PDFs directly to Canvas: embed links or provide access instructions
  • Scan entire works: seek out options from the Library or IU eTexts
  • Embed full-length videos unless required to meet learning objectives
  • Assume it's fair use: evaluate each source in its own context
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