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Copyright and Fair Use


Course reserve materials (ONCORES and Print Reserves) are made available to the campus community in accordance with the Fair Use Guidelines of U.S. copyright law and/or the Humboldt State University Copying Policy.

In order to provide reasonable protections for copyright holders, while extending access to reserve materials in support of the University's academic mission, all copyright-protected reserve readings feature:

  • A Copyright Statement - included at the beginning of each reading:

"WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If electronic transmission of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes 'fair use,' that user may be liable for copyright infringement."

  • Password Protection - all ONCORES and Moodle readings are password-protected.
  • Access by Instructor Name, Department, and/or Course - using the Course Reserves search interface to the HSU Library Catalog.
  • Full Bibliographic Attribution - a complete bibliographic citation, including author, title, date, source, page numbers, etc., is included at the beginning of all copyright-protected readings.

For anything falling outside the Fair Use guidelines, the HSU Bookstore may be able to help with copyright clearance.

Additional Information

Further information about HSU copyright policies is available from the HSU Library course reserves staff by e-mail at ONCORES/Reserves, by phone at 826-4401 or 826-3535, or in person in the Library Reserves Office in Library 110 (behind the Circulation Desk).