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WCC Rules of Thumb - Electronic Reserves

Instructors may place materials on electronic reserves if:
  • Access to the material is restricted to students in the course. Access is terminated at the end of the term.

  • Amount of material used meets fair use guidelines, i.e., only a small part of the original is used (a chapter, an article, several charts or graphs, less than 10% of the original) and the reserve reading in total is a small in proportion to the assigned reading for the course.

  • The instructor, the College, or the library possesses a lawfully acquired copy of the material.

  • Notice of copyright and attribution to the source is placed on the first page, including the library’s Section 108(f)(1) notice.

  • Permission must be obtained if the material will be used in subsequent terms, unless the book is out of print and not readily available.

See also WCC Library Reserve Policies Chart. More detailed information regarding generally accepted fair use principles may be found in the CONFU Fair Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserve Systems, see, e.g., http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/l-resele.html.

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