Before posting materials on your course site, or having them copied for distribution, please consider copyright permissions issues.
1. Can you post or copy the material for class without getting prior permission from the copyright holder/publisher? Yes, if you can answer “yes” to one of the following questions.
2. Remember, it is always possible to link to material online or in Stanford-accessible databases—without any need for copyright permission.
3. Don’t forget hard copy Course Reserves! Multiple copies can be placed on Course Reserves at the library for the students to check out – with no copyright issues attached. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place materials on reserve.
[NOTE: While the Law Library is closed for COVID-19 measures, students will be unable to check out course reserves. ]
Before posting materials on Canvas, please apply the following workflow.
Course Instructor must determine whether material (as opposed to just a hyperlink to the material) can be uploaded to Canvas. To reach that determination, the instructor will consider the following four questions:
If the Course Instructor’s answer to any of the above questions is “Yes,” then the material itself, can be uploaded to Canvas.
If the material is a…
Law journal article:
Non-law journal article:
If you have trouble locating links, please contact email@example.com
1. Check free, online sources for the text of the opinion [e.g. Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) using the “case law” button, Justia (justia.com), or the official court website] by entering the opinion’s citation. Copy hyperlink once opinion is retrieved.
2. If the Instructor prefers Westlaw or Lexis formatting for the opinion, you can create links to the case on Lexis/Westlaw using their link-builder tools.
1. Google the article to see if a copy has been posted as open-access online. Common places to check include: Google Scholar, author’s website, and the publisher or journal’s website. If it has been posted online, copy and paste that link into Canvas.
2. If it hasn’t been posted online, open Searchworks (searchworks.stanford.edu), the University’s library catalog. Then click the dropdown arrow next to “Catalog” and change to “Articles+”
3. Once in Articles+, type in the title of the article you are looking for in the search bar, then click the magnifying glass to search.
4. Scroll down to find the relevant result (note: it may not be the first result). Click the article’s title to enter into the catalog record for that article.
5. Within the catalog record, check the sources in the boxes on the left-hand side of the page. The “Best source” box will give the best, most direct link to the article. Additional databases in which to find the article may be listed underneath in the “All available sources” box. Check that at least one of these links works by clicking into the links provided.
6. If the catalog record has a working link to the article, you can A) copy & paste that link into Canvas, OR B) copy & paste the link to the catalog record (a searchworks.stanford.edu URL) into Canvas (see screenshot below). Using the catalog record link ensures students have access to multiple sources of the article, where available.
1. Open Searchworks (searchworks.stanford.edu), the University’s library catalog.
2. Click the “All Fields” button and choose “Title.” Then enter the book title.
3. Look for a catalog record that indicates online access – you may need to scroll down a few results. If you do not find one, this means Stanford does not have access to an electronic version of the book.
4. Click the title of the book to enter the catalog record.
5. You can either A) copy & paste the link under “Available Online” into Canvas, OR B) copy & paste the link to the catalog record (a searchworks.stanford.edu URL) into Canvas (see screenshot below).
1. Google the article to see if a copy has been posted online. If it has been posted online, copy and paste that link into Canvas.
2. If it is online but behind a pay-wall (e.g. certain NYT or Wall Street Journal articles), search for the article on Lexis or Proquest.
a. searching in LexisNexis: Login in Lexis and go to Lexis+
b. Searching in Proquest
3. If the article cannot be found in Lexis or Proquest, check the Major U.S. Newspapers guide for more resources, or contact the reference team.