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Library Resources in Online/Distance Classes

Library Materials in Canvas

Articles from Online Databases

Permalinks, or permanent URLs are the best way to share articles from databases. These links ensure that your students will always be able to access the articles you chose. Each database places the permalink in a different place. You may need to look for the share icon to find it, or look for the words "stable URL." If you ever can't locate the permalink, Ask the Library for help!

Articles not Available through UD Databases

If you want to use an article that is not available through UD Library, Museums, and Press resources, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan using the PDF request form and then add it to your course reserve list. The easiest way is to fill out the e-reserves online submission form. Once everything is uploaded, you'll get a link that you can add to your canvas class.

You may be wondering why you can't just add it to your Canvas course as a PDF? Well, the main reason is because of licensing agreements. Interlibrary Loan works through agreements with other libraries around the world. These agreements mean that we can get you almost anything you want, with the understanding that it's only for personal use. That's where course reserves comes in! Our course reserves team can handle all of the copyright agreements necessary to make the article available for your classes and these can be renewed each semester if needed.

Streaming Media

The library provides access to a growing number of streaming media databases.  Many of these databases include powerful features that can help you to create clips and playlists which you can share in Canvas. Check out this guide on adding streaming media to your canvas course. You may also want to review our Media & Copyright page.

Print Materials 

Print materials can be added to your courses through course reserves. While this doesn't make them available online, you can post the course materials list in Canvas which links students directly to all the details for their course materials along with how to access them through the library. You just need to fill out the On-Site Reserves Online Submissions Form.

Book Chapters

For books available through our collections, you can request a digital copy of a chapter through Interlibrary Loan. You'll use the Article DELivery Service Form for books chapters in our print collection. From there, you can add the PDF chapter to your Electronic Course Reserves using the e-reserves online submission form

For books not available in our collection, you'll also use Interlibrary Loan, but you'll use the PDF Request Form instead. From there, you can add the PDF chapter to your Electronic Course Reserves using the e-reserves online submission form

You may be wondering why you can't just add it to your Canvas course as a PDF? Course reserves helps us understand how our collections are being used which can help us make collection decisions in the future. If we had to get the chapter from another university, then providing access through course reserves also complies with our licensing agreements. 

Copyright Considerations

See the UD Library's copyright guide, which includes the fair use checklist.  If you do decide to include something in full within Canvas and you wish to make a fair use argument for that item, we recommend that you fill out a checklist for that item in order to capture your rationale for how your use falls under fair use.