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This page contains numerous resources on copyright, particularly in relation to using materials in online courses. For more detailed and subject-specific questions about copyright, check with your liaison librarian.
Digital Copyright Slider
Determine the copyright status of a work that was first published in the U.S.
Section 108 Spinner
Use this tool to determine whether or not a particular reproduction is covered by Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code, which allows libraries & archives to make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder.
Exceptions for Instructors eTool
Learn about the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law, including the rights and responsibilities for the performance and display of copyrighted content in traditional, distance, and blended educational models.
Fair Use Evaluator
A tool to help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code.
Cheat Sheet for Instructors
Free Media for Course Design
Over 2 million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
The Noun Project
Over 2 Million curated CC and public domain icons, created by a global community.
Old Book Illustrations
Period illustrations in the public domain, browsable by subject, artist, title, technique, and more.
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Materials to Use in Online Courses
eBooks & More
Provides full-text access to a growing number of reference sources in literature, history, science, health, and careers.
Gale eBooks (Gale)
The main portal for Gale eBooks covering a variety of topics, such as business, education, history, library science, literature, religion, technology, and more. The GVRL platform is keyword and subject searchable.
You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Links to various collections of Open Educational Resources.
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