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Guidelines for Using Materials

Using Materials for Teaching or Presentation in Class
Making Copies for Myself or to Give to Others
Special Rules for Digital Materials

You have found some useful information for your class. You are wondering, "Do I have to get anyone’s permission or can I just go ahead and use this?" What you need to do depends on what use you want to make of the material.

Do you want to simply include information or segments from the source in your class presentation? Check out “Using Materials for Teaching or Presentation in Class.” This section includes quidelines for on-campus as well as for on-line courses..

Do you want to make and distribute copies to your students, either in class, through reserve readings or inside a course website? Check out “Making copies for myself or to give to others.”

What about digital materials, such as Internet sites, streaming video, audo files, images, or online journals? Check out the “Special Rules for Digital Materials.”


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