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Copyright and Fair Dealing

Information for Faculty

Reserves and Moodle
The Library is pleased to offer a reserves service for Faculty.  For more information about this service, which includes tracking down material, digitizing according to copyright legislation and fair dealing guidelines, tips on creating links to licensed content for reading lists in your Moodle course sites, and more please check out the link above, drop by the Library in person, phone 902-457-6250, or e-mail

Course Material and Copyright
The Library is pleased to offer copyright compliance services for any course material which might be over fair dealing guidelines or for which MSVU does not license at this time. For example, there have been instances where faculty are using a textbook that has gone out of print; often times we can contact the publisher and license a digital version for the course. When in doubt, contact and our team will begin the process of placing a request for obtaining rights for use.   

Course Material Sharing Websites/Networks

Coursehero (course material sharing websites)

It has come to the University's attention that there is a website known as Coursehero which students have been using to upload course materials. If you encounter this on Coursehero or some other website and do not want your materials posted, a memo from the former Vice President Academic was sent to faculty outlining steps to take in these situations. The statement recommended by legal counsel to include on course syllabi is as follows:

The materials you receive and submit for this course are to be used for this course only. You do not have permission to upload the course materials you receive to any external websites. If you require further clarification, please consult directly with your professor.

For questions or more information, please contact the University Librarian

Thesis Advisors

If you are a thesis advisor, please note the important information for Graduate students. More guidance for graduate students will be coming soon.

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You may copy the guide as long as credit is included. We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials. Please be aware that many of our guides contain links to subscription-based services for which access is restricted, and collections of resources that may have additional rights reserved. Please consult the licenses and terms of use for each resource.