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Copyright Guide

Does the library own this article?

In order to see if we have access to an article, it's best to have the entire citation. I'll use a sample citation to guide you through the process: 

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education model. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87-105.

Here's how we'll find it:

  1. See if the library subscribes to the journal in your citation by heading to the library homepage, and clicking Find a Specific Journal:

    Screenshot of the library homepage, with 'Find a Specific Journal' outlined in red

  2. On the next page, enter the name of the journal. If the library has it, you should see it in the results list. If you see the words "Full Text Access", that means it's available online. In this case, we're lucky, and we can search the publication from the search results screen:

    Screenshot of search results from journal title search

  3. We found our article! Just click Full Text Finder to access it. You may also see PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text as options. 

    Screenshot of 'search within publication' search result

I can't seem to find the article online...

If it's an older article, we may have it in print. Here's another example citation:

Gove, M. K. (1983). Clarifying teachers' beliefs about reading. Reading Teacher, 37(3), 261-266.

You'd search for the journal title as explained above. However, you'll see from the results that the only option we have for articles from 1983 is the Penfield Library Journal Collection:

Screenshot of journal finder result, with Penfield Library Journal Collection highlighted

If you are close to campus, you can come to the library to view the article; our journals are in alphabetical order on the 2nd floor. If you want to use the article in class, go to the Checkout / Reserves Desk and ask them to scan the article so you can put it on Reserves.

If you are not close to campus, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan. We'll scan the article and send you a copy - usually within a week or so.

Does the library own this book?

The best way to see if we own a book - including ebooks! - is to search our catalog. You can use the search box below!

Does the library own this video?

We recommend searching two places for videos:

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