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Copyright: Electronic Resources

A guide to UK copyright

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Electronic resources

The ebook and ejournals supplied by the library are covered by copyright. You can make a copy of  this type of material if

  • It's for your own personal use, ie photocopying or saving a copy of an electronic journal article for your own research or study

You copying should be limited to

  • 5% or one chapter
  • 5% or one article from a single issue of a journal
  • 5% or one paper from one set of conference proceedings
  • 5% of an anthology.


Using ejournals  and ebooks in teaching

If you want to use ebooks or ejournal in your teaching then the easiest way is to supply your reading list to the library. We will then produce an electronic version of your reading list and make that available to students in Canvas. See Resource Lists at Stirling for more details. We create direct links to our ebook and ejournals which does not infringe copyright. Making a copy of an ejournal and placing that in Canvas is in breach of copyright.

If you want to use a journal article or an chapter of a printed book that is not available in electronic format, then we may be able to obtain a copy using our CLA (Copyright Licencing Agency) Licence. Under this licence we can supply a digital copy of one chapter or 10% of a book or one article from a journal which can then be made available to students via Canvas.

Simply contact your Academic Liaison Librarian with the details of the articles or chapter you want to use and we'll do the rest.

You can find out more about the CLA licence here