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For Faculty

Copyright Considerations

Because students are behind their Bridgewater secure sign on, you are able to include copyrighted work (as long as it is in line with Fair Use) within your Canvas course shell, but you must ensure that you do so ethically and abiding by copyright Fair Use laws.

Canvas and Copyrighted Material Best Practices:

  • The general rule of thumb is that you can only reproduce 10% to 15% of a text ethically, which translates to:
    • One book chapter per book
    • One journal article per journal issue 
  • Link to the content where it is available outside of Canvas
    • Link to library resources that you have found through our databases directly
    • Do not download the article from the database and then upload a PDF to Canvas
  • Include copyright information about the material including the author and the publisher information
    • It is easiest to do this as a citation through your preferred citation format (this is especially beneficial, because it helps students to learn citation styles)
    • For example, I would suggest linking to an article in this way:

Koutras, N. (2018). The Copyright Law Framework and Its Interaction with Open Access Repositories in Europe. Publishing Research Quarterly34(1), 32–53.

  • Try out OER content, like the options that are listed above, as it available in the Creative Commons
  • For best practices when it comes to video and audio recordings, please click here

Do not select a textbook and reproduce the entire thing in Canvas so that students can avoid paying for these resources. This infringes upon copyright laws. 

If you have any questions about linking to library content within the Canvas course shell, please ask Taylor at

eBooks from EBSCO

eBooks from EBSCO

To access the database, click the above link. Currently, eBooks from EBSCO is the only eBook database to which the library subscribes. It includes over 30,000 eBook titles, all of which are available full-text and downloadable.

To find books, you can search directly in the EBSCO search box as you normally would with other EBSCO databases, or you can select "eBooks" in the top navigation bar to browse through the different subjects that are included.

While the titles are available full-text, you'll want to check the licensing terms and permissions for each title before you potentially select it as a course text. To find that information, you have to look at the bottom of the record for the material:

This material has the publisher permissions of printing/emailing/saving of 100 pages. This means that students are able to download up to 100 pages (this is almost always the case). The concurrent user level is unlimited user access, which means that any number of students can view the book at the same time.

Another title might have a permission/concurrent user level that looks like this:

This book has limited user access with only one copy available, which means that only one person can look at the item at a time, including you as a faculty member. This should be a crucial consideration for selection of an eBook as a course textbook.

If you are having any trouble with the interface, feel free to checkout the eBook Support pages. To access, select "eBooks" from the top of the page, and scroll all the way down to the bottom. Select "Learn More" and you will be able to see all of the help pages from EBSCO.

For more in-depth information on linking to eBooks from EBSCO, click here.

Pearson eBooks Canvas Integration

Some eBooks are available through the Pearson eBooks integration through Canvas. To explore this, you'll want to open your Canvas site and create a new integration by selecting "Add an External Tool." After you do this, the page will request a sign-in. You can create a sign-in using your Bridgewater email address. Once you've signed in once, you will not need to sign in again.

After you've signed in, you can look at the various eTexts available by searching for the topic you're teaching. When you select a title, there will be a sidebar on the right-hand side which will give you an idea of the cost of the material for the students. These eTexts are generally pretty reasonably priced, so selecting one of these books will lessen the economic strain of the students.

To get a sense of what the book has inside before you select it, read the "Features" section and the "Table of Contents." You will also get a decent biography of the authors so you can know who wrote the book.

To get a better understanding of how the Pearson eTexts work, watch this short video:

Open Educational Resources

Please remember that there are a host open books that are available to you. If you would like to learn more please, visit our page on Open Educational Resources (OER).

Finding Open Educational Resources

There are several places that you can go to find Open Books or Open Educational Resources (they are not the same). Recommended places to search for open books/textbooks and other open materials are below:

Course Redesign Grants

Notable is the availability of Course Redesign Grants from the VIVA (Virtual Virginia) Library Consortium, of which Bridgewater is a part. The grants range from $1,000 to $30,000 and are available to faculty members choosing to redesign their course around an Open Educational Resource. For more information on the Course Redesign Grants, click here.

Interested? Search the Open Access titles that are available through VIVA here:

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

About VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal.  The Portal contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state. Once you have found a title you can use for your course, please let us know via the Adoption or Request Purchase links!

Questions about Course Redesign Grants? Reach out to Vickie at

Purchase Requests

If you're unable to find a course text that you like through eBooks from EBSCO or in an open format, you can always request a title for purchase through, and we will see if the title you would like to use is available for licensing. As stated above, due to the nature of electronic book licenses, many titles are unavailable for purchase to our library.