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Course Reserves

Here guidelines for using electronic course reserves.

  • Access to the material is limited to the students enrolled in the class.

  • Access to the material must be disabled when the class ends.

  • An item may be placed on electronic reserve one time under fair use guidelines without having to obtain permission, but each subsequent use requires permission.

  • Students may make a copy of an electronic reserve item for the purpose of individual study.

  • Material owned by the CMU Libraries –including items from our print and electronic collections—can be placed on course reserve without having to obtain permission or pay usage charges.
    Instructors are encouraged to draw on these collections when assembling reserve materials.

  • Linking to an item (such as a journal article) is preferable to creating a copy of the item. Since linking does not involve appropriating content copyright doesn’t actually come into play. You can link to anything you want without having to ask permission.

It’s a good idea to take advantage of the library’s course reserves service when you want to make material available to your class. For help please contact the library's Course Reserves and Copyright Services office. The staff will locate a full text copy of the item for you, obtain the necessary usage permissions and pay any usage charges, and load the item directly into your Blackboard course shell.