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Access to Course Materials

The Libraries subscribe to many electronic resources that provide full-text access to individual articles from journals, magazines and newspapers. Users can search for, view, and print the articles from the Libraries web pages.

  • Use the Journals A-Z list to see if we subscribe to the journal you need.
  • Library staff can advise you on whether or not the article you need is available through one of our databases or through our interlibrary loan services--just call a library reference desk or your liaison librarian.
  • Many Library databases allow users to create a direct connection (known variously as a durable link, persistent link, DURL, or PURL) to the reading in one of the libraries' subscription databases, and place that link in your Canvas course. See ITS's help pages for more on using Canvas.

Course Reserves is a Library service which manages physical and electronic readings for faculty courses. Course Reserves staff may create an electronic file which is will be delivered in the Canvas course.

Note: Electronic reserve copies will be subject to "Fair Use" provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

In addition:

  • Considering factor number two of the provisions, fair use favors the use of works of a factual nature more than the use of creative, artistic works.
  • With respect to amount used, using less than an entire work, and not that portion which might be viewed as the essence of the work, will weigh more in favor of fair use.
  • As for market effect, uses that have no impact on the market value for the original work weigh in favor of fair use. – “Policy and Principles”, University of Minnesota

If you would like the Library to order a print or electronic book that you think would be beneficial to the collection, please fill out this form and it will be considered by the appropriate departmental liaison. (You may also make requests for media or periodical purchases online). These materials can then also be placed on Course Reserves.