A: When you link to articles from our electronic resources, the URL in the address bar typically won’t be the one you can share. These resources require users to authenticate with their WFU credentials, so you need to provide a link that connects them to our authentication service. Look around on the page for a “Permalink” or “Stable URL.” In most cases, these links will have some combination of the words “libproxy” and “wakehealth” somewhere in them. But remember, no linking to HBR! Some examples:
A: For instances where the reading isn’t available electronically, ZSR’s Course Reserves service may be able to help you. They will take on the fair use determination on your behalf and put materials on electronic course reserves if possible. Again, if you’re just assigning the texts for independent reading, then it’s best to use the Course Materials service. If you’re using Hypothesis or similar, you can likely upload the PDFs that Course Reserves provides when you create those assignments, but again only after assessing for fair use (you determine this one, not Course Reserves). You’re doing your due diligence with these multiple fair use analyses, which is another mark in your favor when determining fair use. (And yes, we know you just want Molly to give a yes or no answer to your fair use inquiries, but she really, truly can’t.)
Link, link, link! HBR aside, linking is always the best option.
Before you post anything that you can’t link to, reach out to the library’s Course Reserves service.
Remember that fair use is your friend, but it is not a blanket permission that you can simply claim without doing an analysis. Oh, and that classroom use allowance in copyright law? Yeah, it doesn’t actually grant carte blanche copyright permission, so don’t rely on it without knowing what it does cover — and it isn’t the same online as it is face-to-face.
If you have any questions about your course materials, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kyle Denlinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Molly Keener (email@example.com), or consider joining Molly for one of her Course Materials & Copyright workshops
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. It was created by Kyle Denlinger and Molly Keener last updated 16 July 2020.