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Health Science Center Distance Learning Students: Faculty Information & Services

If you are a student in a distance learning program in one of the Health Science Center colleges - this page is for you.

Your Liaison Librarian and Research Guides

The HSC Libraries have Liaison Librarians for all of our HSC academic units. Liaisons are subject specialist librarians dedicated to specific academic units, including colleges, departments, centers/institutes, and academic programs. If you want help selecting or acquiring resources for your distance learning programs or courses, reach out to your liaison. We can also provide instruction and research support. 

Liaison Contact Information
Liaisons are the primary contact for their assigned units and provide a variety of information services to the students, staff, and faculty of those units. Check out our list of liaisons to find your liaison: 

Health Science Center Libraries Library Guides
The HSC liaisons have created Library Resource Guides (or LibGuides) for many subjects/disciplines to assist students with research. The pages recommend the most useful databases for finding relevant journal articles for each subject area/discipline. Check our list of 137 library research guides to find one for your program or subject area: 

Essential Copyright Considerations

Whether you're revamping your Canvas course or writing your dissertation, understanding copyright basics will save you anxiety and time in the long-term.

The Libraries are here for you.

Our Course Reserves and Interlibrary Loan teams can support you in getting course materials (including readings and videos) online, purchasing and licensing materials where necessary, and reviewing relevant copyright issues. Subject specialist librarians can also help identify relevant materials available in the Libraries' collections or freely online without risk of copyright infringement. If you need to upload or link to materials for students to access, these are great places to start.

Use what's out there.

The Libraries collections include millions of books, articles, streaming videos, and other materials to support your teaching without copyright concerns. You can also take advantage of videos, images, and other content made available online under Creative Commons licenses, which allow for reuse with attribution. 

Leverage fair use.

Fair use becomes even more critical in an online or hybrid learning context where other exemptions in U.S. Copyright Law are more constrained. Fair use is an explicit part of copyright law that allows all of us to repurpose portions of copyright-protected works in contexts such as education and scholarship. Questions to ask as you upload materials for your students or create online lectures include:

  • How does this material support my goals for student learning, and how am I contextualizing or transforming the material through lectures, assignments, etc.?
  • Am I using only enough of the material to meet these goals? This may range from a few pages to an entire work in some cases.
  • Is there a feasible way for students to access the material on the commercial market? Or is copying and sharing critical to their success in this course? 

Fair use supports accessibility.

The University of Florida relies on fair use and other areas of copyright law to prioritize access to course materials for students with disabilities. Learn more about campus resources to make your course accessible and inclusive.

Lower risk with simple steps.

There are a few ways to share materials while easily lowering your risk of copyright infringement:

  • Link to content: In general, linking to online resources (where you can identify and trust the source) falls within the scope of fair use.
  • Limit distribution: When sharing materials, limit circulation to enrolled students. Remind them that the material is protected by copyright and shouldn't be distributed further.
  • Mind the time: If you are posting lectures, readings, etc. to Canvas that contain copyrighted material, only make these available as long as necessary to meet the needs of your course. In the future, you may decide that fair use no longer to applies to some material.

In the Weeds: U.S. Copyright Laws

Below is a list of major copyright legislation in the United States with links to the full text.

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Course Reserves

Putting materials on Course Reserves in the Libraries is easy, thanks to the "do-it-yourself" Ares automated course reserve system. Instructions and tutorials reside at:

A few things you should know about putting up the materials for your class:

1. All first time faculty users must create an account and it may take a few hours (or overnight) to get the approval to create your class.

2. For information on integrating Ares and the Canvas Course Management system, CLICK HERE

3. We strongly recommend using the UF VPN client for accessing course reserves materials from an off-campus network. For downloading and instructions, CLICK HERE.

4.Only materials that are in compliance with copyright law and this policy may be placed on reserve. Individual faculty members are responsible for their own materials placed on reserve, but library staff are available to assist you in any way we can.

5. If the Libraries own an item, we will place our library's copy on Reserves and return your copy to you. If the Libraries own an electronic version of an article you wish to place on Reserves, we will link to the Libraries' electronic copy. If you need an item not owned by the Libraries, Course Reserves staff will buy a copy or borrow it via Interlibrary Loan.

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