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Class Readings/Course Reserves

Faculty instructions for course reserve

Copyright and "Fair Use"

The Sherrod Library follows US copyright law (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) and the Fair Use Doctrine in Section 107.  The "fair use" guidelines the library uses are:

  • Use of one chapter/journal article or 10% - whichever is less.
  • An item may be placed on reserve for one semester. Repeat use requires permission.
  • Reserve items should represent only a small portion of class materials.
  • Items outside the bounds of "fair use" require permission. Please allow time for this when you submit your course reserves list.

For more information:

Copyright @ ETSU -ETSU University Counsel 

Copyright Basics - U.S. Copyright Office 

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries -  Association of Research Libraries, 2012 (PDF)

Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance - Copyright Clearance Center

Fair Use Checklist -Columbia University Libraries

The TEACH Act -U.S. Copyright Office                           

Sherrod Library Copyright Support

Librarians are available to provide guidance on copyright best practices related to research and teaching.  We currently provide consultations and assistance with the following: 

  • Copyright related to publishing, whether scholarly publishing (e.g. articles) or Open Educational Resources (e.g. Creative Commons licensing) 

  • Fair use and TEACT Act compliance 

  • Requests for permission to use copyrighted content 

*Please note librarians are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice. 

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