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Copyright: Electronic Resources

A guide to UK copyright

Help with Copyright

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 - Library subscribed content

If you want to use ebooks or ejournal in your teaching then the easiest way is to create an electronic reading list with links to library subscribed content added via LIbrarySearch.

For further guidance about creating and managing lists see the Reading Lists SharePoint site. Please contact the Library if you have questions or would like more help.

Using Articles not subscribed to by the Library, or digitized copies of book chapters

Making a copy of an ejournal article or scanning a chapter and placing that in Canvas is in breach of copyright.

If you wish 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.

  • Add details of the article or book chapter to your electronic Reading List and save.
  • View the details and under Requests, click Digitization request. Note: you must provide page numbers.


Alternatively, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian with the details of the articles or chapter you need to use.

You can find out more about the CLA licence here