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Welcome! This guide provides information and resources on copyright and copyright law.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Course Materials, Readings and Copyright Print Page

Guidelines for reserves, online, and in-person classes


Electronic copying and scanning of copyright-protected works for either library reserve systems or distance learning are uninterpreted areas of the law which the Supreme Court or future revisions of the copyright law may address.  Copyright law is subject to change, and the Library and Educational Technology departments may need to revise copyright guidelines in the future to comply with new laws or rulings.

Items placed online using CIIS’s Canvas Course Management System are subject to the same guidelines as other Electronic Reserve items.  Faculty are responsible for ensuring that their course materials comply with copyright law.

The California Institute of Integral Studies supports instruction with electronic resources, reserves and similar electronic services.  The primary function of these services is to assure that students and faculty will have timely access to core-related CIIS library resources.  The library will attempt to provide electronic copies of materials when possible, within the boundaries of our licensing agreements and the “Copyright Guidelines” as outlined for reserves and electronic resources. 

When the CIIS Library subscribes to the material needed

  • Best practice is to create a link to the online material and embed it in your course space or syllabus.  Note: “A link for anything that can be viewed in a web browser can be inserted into the Rich Content Editor area of Canvas.”

When the CIIS Library does not have a particular item that is needed for a class:

  • The Library may in some cases be able to purchase or license the item specifically for reserve or online use.  If purchasing or licensing is not an option, Library staff may help identify currently licensed material that may be used, or suggest other methods of getting the material you wish to use to your students. 
  • An additional option is SIPX.  SIPX is an online electronic reserve system where students pay copyright fees to download the electronic copies of the material.  With the SIPX system, links are created for a readings page, as well as for each individual reading these links may then be posted separately, or be embedded in Canvas or Syllabi for the semester. 
  • Print readers or course-packs are another option where copyright fees are handled as part of the cost of the reader.   Attachments of material posted in course spaces should only be items that you own the copyright to, or which you have specific copyright holder permission to use.

We ask that you adhere to the University’s Copyright "Guidelines" as enumerated in the Faculty Handbook, and  as published on  MyCIIS and in this libguide.


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