Canvas is a convenient option for housing documents and linking to outside resources. However, you must take into consideration several factors when seeking to distribute content and resources to your students. Use the information in the right-hand column to navigate through these helpful best practices.
Manchester librarians are not the copyright police, nor are we legal experts in copyright. It is our responsibility to provide resources, but not advice in regards to what you can and cannot do in your courses. Interpretation of copyright law is up to the individual, though Manchester's legal council may be able to provide further assistance.
E-resources can be added to Canvas when:
A faculty member is the owner of the copyright in the work
The material is made available by linking to a database or website rather than posting a PDF copy
The copyright owner has granted permission to distribute PDF copies
The material has been designated as open access by the copyright owner
(see the Creative Commons tab for more information)
The material is in the public domain
The intended use falls within Fair Use exemptions under copyright law, or under another copyright exception
A license for the use of the material has been obtained
As a best practice, linking to a resource within a library database should be the primary access point for library materials. Posting a PDF copy is a copyright violation and should be avoided.
When linking in Canvas, include the citation along with the link to alleviate access issues and assist in retrieving the e-resource should the link no longer work.
When linking to EBSCO content (i.e. Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, ERIC, PsycArticles, Ebook, etc.), look for the Permalink option in the tool menu. This includes Manchester's proxy information for off-campus authentication.
NOTE: Never copy the full URL in the address bar when in an EBSCO database. There is a session ID included which will break the URL functionality once your database browser window is closed.
Locate the JSTOR permalink by looking beneath the journal publication information after clicking the title of the article.
NOTE: JSTOR permalinks can be finicky at times. As a best practice when off-campus, authenticate through an EBSCO database first before clicking to access the JSTOR permalink within Canvas.
Science Direct makes it easy in that you may simply click the full URL in the address bar for permalink access. The proxy is already included for authenticating off-campus.
For assistance with any permalink options that have not been included here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.