How can I provide articles to my students on Moodle? Can I copy an article in print and distribute it?
Pasting the persistent URL from a BCC database article into Moodle is the best way to make electronically accessible materials available to your students. From on campus, students will automatically gain access to the article. From off campus they may have to “authenticate” to gain access to about half of our database articles by entering their Username (library barcode) and password (last name in upper case). This is because we license these databases separately. Ebsco makes it especially easy by providing a Permalink under tools that incorporates authentication so that students can easily access material.
If you plan to distribute a print copy of an article, you may create a one-time photocopy of the article for your class. This can be done only once, after which permission needs to be granted by the publisher/author of the article. You cannot repeatedly copy and distribute a specific article in print each semester to your students. This is in violation of Fair Use because of its impact on the market value, and therefore the rights of the copyright holder. You can also place the print copy of a publication the College subscribes to on reserve in the library.
Articles on the Web
How do I incorporate free articles found on the Web to my students in Moodle?
If an article is located for free on a website, link to the home page of the site the article is in. You can add instructions on how to find the article on that site. By linking to the homepage, you provide attribution and credit of the item. Avoid deep linking to the document directly.
What do I need to know about incorporating media into my in-person and online classes?
The library subscribes to a number of streaming video databases that you are allowed by licensing to embed or provide links for in your Moodle courseware. You can show these as well in your face-to-face classes. You are also permitted to show and play media available freely from the world-wide-web as part of your face-to-face in-class activities without the need to get permission.
Regarding any item recorded directly from television, after showing these items in class they should be destroyed within 45 days. Do not use them each semester. If you want to show a particular program that you recorded yourself every semester, buy a copy of the program. For more information on using broadcast materials in the classroom, consult the ALA page for the TEACH Act.