OER and Instructor Created Teaching Materials:
- Identify the materials you want to teach with
- Locate the copyright license.
- If you found teaching materials on the OER Course Material tab, they are open access and copyright free use/public domain.
- If you created your own course materials, use the Teaching with Material you Create tab on this guide to create a Creative Commons License.
- If you found other teaching materials online or elsewhere
- Refer to the copyright laws accordingly and see the example in the section below--- Examples with Identifying Copyright
- If an item is listed as public domain, there is no rights reserved and you may use the item in your course.
- The bookstore will only print items (by student request) that are legally licensed to be used and shared.
- If you are using an item that is restricted by copyright law:
a. You may provide the students with the link/url for online access
b. Do not upload the item as a saved document or pdf to distribute to students
c. You must still list each item on the bookstore form to notify them of all course materials being used.
Examples with Identifying Copyright
- Instructor wants to use The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
- Google search the story of an hour kate chopin pdf - this produces a link with a free online pdf
- The instructor should examine the document and look for copyright information
- It's clearly listed as: Copyright © by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. All rights reserved. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” originally published 1894
- Navigate to a copyright law website
- Read that anything published before 1924 is in public domain due to copyright expiration.
- Instructor should list this item on the bookstore form as a course material and printable item by student request
- The instructor can provide the source as a link or save and upload the pdf document for student use.
If this item was restricted by copyright law (not in public domain):
- The instructor will still list this on the bookstore form but it will not be available for printing (by student request)
- The instructor can share the link/url with students for access but should not upload the item as a saved document/pdf.
Cornell University Library - Copyright Information Center
Copyright Laws of the United States
Fair Use Checklist Tool