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Integrating Content in CARES Act Courses

Myths About Online Course Materials

Myths vs. truths

Myth: Library materials are free.

Truth: Tuition, taxes, and other sources of funding are put toward the access of materials through the library. The library provides access to the temporary use of materials in the library whether physical or digital.

Myth: I have a PDF of an article which means I own the rights to share the article. 

Truth: You only have access to the article as long as the library or you have a subscription with licenses for it. For free articles, it's important to look at the terms of use of the website to ensure you have permission to post the PDF.

Myth: I own a copy of the book which means I have the right to share a chapter of the book, so my students don't have to buy it

Truth: The copyright owner still owns the content. To figure whether or not you can share it, use the fair use interactive tool.


About this Guide

About this Guide



This guide has information on integrating content in courses being developed under the CARES Act grant. Specifically, this guide has information on:

  • using copyrighted content 
  • finding and using images
  • finding and using OERs
  • finding and using library content such as articles, eBooks, and videos from the library database subscriptions
  • incorporating a library research menu 
  • connecting students to librarians and information literacy skills