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Copyright & Fair Use for Education

A guide for faculty introducing copyright and fair use.

Alternatives to Copyrighted Materials

You can bypass the restrictions of copyright by using one of the following methods to find and use materials.


Public Domain:

  • Items in the Public Domain can be used without permissions. 

  • Most things published before 1925 are in the Public Domain.

  • If you are using something from a collection, make sure you are using the original material and not a reprint or copyrighted edition.


Library Resources

  • The UHMC Library provides access to thousands of eBooks, articles, and multimedia for  faculty and students.

  • Linking to library materials directly for your students does not violate user agreements aor copyright.

  • You can put items on reserve and e-reserve (Coming 2021) as another way for students to access copyrighted material. 


Creative Commons Material


Different Material Types

There are subpages that list some of the Library resources as well as popular places online to find Public Domain materials in the following categories: