General Content Resources

Web Link SJU Copyright-Friendly Resources
This collection of sites will guide you to a wealth of e-books, images, illustrations, audio, and video where the copyright term has expired and are in public domain, created under a creative commons license, or created for educational purposes and are free and available for unrestricted use.
Web Link Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) Database
This database provides faculty, librarians, and research and administrative staff with comprehensive, institution-wide coverage for the reuse of text-based copyrighted content in both print and electronic formats for educational and research purposes.
PDF Spontaneous Use
This document discusses the “spontaneous” use of print materials in the online classroom, through which journal articles may be posted without acquisition of permissions.
Web Link SJU Discover!
This is a great tool to locate materials from the SJU library’s databases to be used in the classroom.
PDF Using Discover! to Find Articles
This PDF explains how to use the SJU Library website to find articles using the Discover! search tool.

Fair Use Resources

PDF Fair Use Considerations
Understand fair use and the TEACH Act.
PDF Fair Use Worksheet
Determine if your use of a copyrighted work falls under fair use.
PDF Fair Use Checklist
This checklist from Cornell University is a tool to assist you in applying the balancing test for determining whether you may make or distribute copies of works protected by copyright without having to obtain the permission of the copyright holder.
Web Link Copyright and Fair Use
From Stanford University Libraries, this web resource’s emphasis is on copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community, including examples of fair use and policies. Useful copyright charts and tools are continually added to help users evaluate copyright status and best practices.
PDF Code of Best Practices for Fair Use
Published by the Association of Research Libraries, this document is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community.
PDF Copyright Term and the Public Domain
Developed by Peter Hirtle at the Cornell University Library, this document outlines copyright term and the public domain in the United States.

Open Access Resources

Web Link What is Open Access?
Offered via The Chronicle of Higher Education, this video explains the concept of open access.
Web Link Open Educational Resources
Developed by Amherst University, this website contains information on materials that can be used without violation of copyright in a course space.
Web Link Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.