Two questions from faculty on posting journals/materials on their class sites...


#1) if we have a peer-reviewed article that we have confirmed is available in Brenau's on-line library, are we able to post a copy of the full text on Blackboard? Or can we only post the citation and have each student find and download it from the library themselves? #2) I want to use a number of articles in my course that may be too old to have any online full text version. I have scanned them in and would like to attach them for my students. Would I be violating any copyright law if I did so?

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017     Views: 16


Regarding question #1, if the article is available online the professor could provide the citation and require the students to look up the article. That apporach teaches students to access the scholarly literature.

If the professor prefers, the persistent link to the article could be posted to Blackboard. This is the best approach to avoid copyright infringement.

In EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete the persistent link is called the permalink. It is found by identifying the article in the search results, clicking on the article title to open the detailed record, and then clicking on "permalink" on the right side of the page under Tools.

In ProQuest databases such as Research Library and ABI Inform Complete, it is called the document URL. It is found by identifying the article in the search results, clicking on the article title and then scrolling to the bottom of the page.

A persistent link will usually begin with

Regarding question #2, if the library does not provide access to the full text either electronically or in its print collection, or the article is not legally available on the open web, then we don't generally have the rights to use it. The best approach is to obtain the publisher's permission. Permission can often be requested by locating a permissions link on the publisher's web site and following the instructions there.

If needed, we will be glad to help you look for a copy owned by us, accessible to us, or available on the open web.

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