The UW-Green Bay Libraries provide course reserve services to faculty and students. This can be in the form of paper copies of articles, personal copies of books, and items in our collection. Faculty may also utilize our digital learning environment to link to online materials. This has the added benefit of restricting access only to people enrolled in the course.
Some basic guidelines:
- Faculty are responsible for conducting a fair use analysis of each work to determine if it can be used without seeking permission.
- All materials must support course-related teaching, scholarship, or research.
- The course syllabi must contain a statement notifying students of using copyrighted materials.
- Whenever possible, provide a link to an article, web site or other material that is available on the Web rather than copying it onto your web page.
- No more than "reasonable and limited portions" (approximately 10%) of a work may be digitized for use in an online course. The online course must have access controls to limit the material to the students in the course.
- Always acknowledge the author of any work that you use. Include the copyright statement from the work.
- Generally, single isolated copies of brief items can be placed on reserve under the fair use provision. Repeatedly putting the same article on reserve, semester after semester, is not recommended by our legal counsel--generally this goes against the 4th fair use factor--effect on the market.
- Do not use Reserves as a substitute for coursepacks. This would also have a deleterious effect on the market. The University Bookstore can assist you with preparing coursepacks.
- Many copyrighted works can be accessed through the library's database licenses. Be sure to check to see if you can link to a work in a library database before you seek permission or pay a permission fee. Our reference librarians can assist you.
- Items obtained from another UW System Library or via interlibrary loan may not be used in an online course.
- Digitized materials should be removed from the online course at the end of the semester.