Best Practices For Posting Readings in Blackboard
1. If the material is protected by copyright, conduct a Fair Use analysis. The Fair Use doctrine permits certain uses without the copyright owner’s permission. Whether a use is fair or not depends on four factors. We recommend using a Fair Use Checklist to help determine if posting a reading to Blackboard is fair, or if you need to seek permission.
3. For library e-resources, it’s best to proxy the permalink. Permanent URLs with a proxy prefix make it easier for your students to access materials on or off campus.
4. For library e-books, verify the number of people that can use them. Not all e-books are created equal. Some allow multiple users to read it; others allow only one at a time. Some limit the number of uses, which means access could end unexpectedly. Before assigning an e-book, make sure it permits unlimited users.
5. If you post a PDF, be sure to include a copyright notice and attribution. You should provide attribution for the original creator and copyright owner, and make sure your students know the material may be protected by copyright. We recommend including a copy of the book’s title and copyright pages, along with a clearly visible notice statement indicating copyright protection and warning against further reproduction or distribution.
This section adapted from the University of Maryland Libraries copyright libguide.