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The Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at Georgetown University Medical Center

Copyright for Online or Virtual Classroom

Direct Link Alternatives

While it might be tempting to provide direct links to content like book chapters and articles, providing direct links are tricky because these links can change without much advance notice. Instead, DML recommends that faculty provide links to the library homepage and the many resources it provides.

Some good suggestions include:

  • Provide a single link to the Catalog for books
  • Provide a link to Citation Matcher for articles
  • Provide a link to Journal Finder for journal titles

It may also be tempting to place Document Delivery materials into Canvas as well. However, Document Delivery (ILL) materials are for personal research and scholarship only. Document Delivery rules do not allow for placing content obtained through document delivery into course management systems. 

Good alternatives include: 

  • Users can review the existing collections to see if there is a viable alternative. Ask a DML Librarian for assistance.
  • Ask students to request via Document Delivery individually
  • Anyone can use the “Suggest a Purchase” form to suggest a book, or journal subscription suggestion. Each suggestion is considered on a case-by-case basis. 


The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information for resolving copyright questions. This research guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.