Astrid Bovell on June 13th, 2012
It often surprises people to realise that linking (for the most part – we’ll talk about that later) gets you out of your copyright woes. That’s right, the missing link in your chain of making material available to your students is linking.
It may amaze you to know this, but there’s no copyright in linking. It’s the same as telling your students to go to the library, look on this particular shelf, and open the book to this page. So why bother copying the material, saving it, then uploading it to LMS and then registering that material with the Copyright Office, when you can just throw the link on the page for your students to click on and you’re done?! Too easy right?
Right! Now there’s always something to think about and in this instance, there are 2 things to think about.
1) Make sure that you’re linking to a legitimate source of the material (which you’d have to do if you were going to use that material anyway!).
2) If you want to use resources on Discovery, you may need to use the OpenURL generator to create a stable link to the item. (Instructions on how to do this are available through our DIY online material guide)
And that’s it.