Yes, as long as the content has not been posted in an infringing manner and there is no stated restriction on using the material. Do not embed, or link to, any material that you know, or suspect, has been illegally posted.
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Yes, External Borrower cards can be purchased at the Circulation/Loans desk at either the Bennett, Belzberg or Fraser Libraries.
See External Borrowers: Borrowing Library materials for rates and further information.
Library Loans at the Bennett Library accepts cash, personal cheques (with proper identification), debit and credit cards for payment. Belzberg and Surrey Libraries only accept cash and personal cheques (with proper identification).
Undergraduate/graduate students, faculty and staff are entitled to reciprocal borrowing privileges at UBC and many other universities and colleges across Canada. Note: UBC requires proof of a local address when issuing their community library card.
For details, including a list of member institutions and information about registering for this service, see Borrowing privileges at other universities: Borrowing Library Materials, or contact Circulation Desk staff at:
- WAC Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby): 778.782.4345
- Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver): 778.782.5050
- Fraser Library (SFU Surrey): 778.782.7411
- Telebook: 778.782.4896 (for Distance Education students)
Under fair dealing you may include another person’s work, including images, in your PowerPoint presentations that you display to students enrolled in your course. You can copy and display an entire single image from a collection of images (e.g. a single photograph from a book of photographs), or up to 10% of a stand-alone image that is not part of a larger collection. You may also put this image in Canvas.
Under the educational institution exceptions in the Copyright Act, you may display an entire stand-alone image that is not part of a larger collection of images. To do so you must ensure that there is not a commercially available copy (obtainable within a reasonable time and price) in the format required (S29.4 of Copyright Act). If you subsequently put this image in Canvas, you must destroy/remove the file from Canvas within 30 days of the end of the course. Simply making the file inaccessible is insufficient. (See S30.01 of the Copyright Act).
See the Copyright Office's infographic for details.
It all depends on the wording of the Author/Publisher Agreement, sometimes called a Copyright Transfer Agreement, that you signed with the publisher of your work. Often times these agreements transfer most copyright in your work to the publisher, leaving you with very few rights to the work. If your Author/Publisher Agreement does not allow for you to re-publish the material in your thesis, you will need to contact the publisher and ask them for permission to use the work.
If you are planning on submitting work to be published, and you already know that you will want to later include this material in your thesis, try to ensure that you get wording in the Author/Publisher Agreement that allows you to include the material in your thesis. You can see examples of author addendums for this purpose at SPARC Canadian Author Addendum.
Can I just link to the electronic journal article myself on SFU's learning management system and skip using Library Reserves?
Yes, you can create a direct link yourself. Making Readings Available to Students describes several different ways to make required and supplementary readings available to students online and suggests the pros and cons of each option. Each option has specific benefits along with specific cautions, including copyright compliance.
Yes. Under fair dealing you may make copies of another person’s works and hand them out to students enrolled in your course. Please see the Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04 for the copying limits. You must adhere to the amount that may be copied under fair dealing.
Photocopiers at SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library (3rd Floor), SFU Vancouver's Belzberg Library, and SFU Surrey's Fraser Library are equipped with the scan-to-email function, enabling you to make paperless copies.
Scan-to-email is available for single pages and multiple pages, as well as double-sided pages via the document feeder.
While you will need a print card to begin the scanning process, there is no charge to your card for scanning to email.
The Library continues to provide regular flatbed scanners attached to computers as well.
You may play videos in class in the following circumstances:
- You may show a film or other cinematographic work in the classroom as long as the work is not an infringing copy, the film or work was legally obtained, and you do not circumvent a technological protection measure (digital lock) to access the film or work.
- If you want to show a television news program in the classroom, under the Copyright Act, educational institutions (or those acting under their authority) may copy television news programs or news commentaries and play them in class.
You may perform a work available through the Internet (e.g. YouTube videos), except under the following circumstances:
- The work is protected by digital locks preventing their performance,
- A clearly visible notice prohibiting educational use is posted on the website or on the work itself, or
- You have reason to believe that the work was copied or posted online in violation of the copyright owner’s rights.
If you want to show a video in class and need assistance in obtaining video programming, please contact the Media Resource Centre in the SFU Library for more information.
Yes. The Copyright Act allows you to play a sound recording or live radio broadcasts in class as long as it is:
- For educational purposes,
- Not for profit,
- On University premises, and
- Before an audience consisting primarily of students.
However, if you want to use music for non-educational purposes, for example, for background music at a conference or in an athletic facility, licenses must be obtained from the copyright collectives SOCAN and Re:Sound.