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Reserve Guidelines

Copyright Guidelines Summary

All items placed on reserve must comply with fair-use guidelines and copyright law.

  • Books: Only one (1) chapter or up to 10% of a book may be placed on e-reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder’s written permission to place more chapters on e-reserve prior to submitting materials to Reserve. This applies to edited collections of readings and essays because each reading is considered a chapter.
  • Journals: Only one (1) article from an issue of one journal may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder’s written permission to place more than one article on e-reserve before submitting materials to Reserve.
  • US Government Publications: Most government publications are in the public domain, i.e., they are not copyrighted, allowing unlimited use and reproduction.
  • Consumables: These materials are not appropriate for reserve. Consumables include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets, answer sheets, etc.
  • Course packs: Course packs will not be placed on reserve because they violate fair use tenets.
  • Publishers’ review copies: These are given to faculty for personal use only and cannot be used for reserve.