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  • Per the Copyright Act, the following are permitted for users at educational institutions in Canada:

    Instructors are permitted to make use of copyright protected materials in ways that other users are not for the purpose of providing education and instruction on the premises of an educational institution. 

    Using materials in the classroom

    Instructors are permitted to reproduce a work, or do any other necessary act, in order to display it for the purposes of education. This would include, for example, scanning an image in a textbook for inclusion in a PowerPoint presentation.  

    Instructors can play sound recordings for students on the premises of an educational institution, as long as the work is not an infringing copy. 

    They may also play radio or television programs live when they are being broadcast. It has been interpreted that this, arguably, includes webcasts. 

    In the classroom, instructors are permitted to reproduce and communicate works available on the Internet (provided that the works are not protected by “digital locks,” there is no notice specifically prohibiting the intended activity, and the work has not been made available in violation of the copyright owner’s rights). The source and, if possible, the creator's name must be cited.

    It is permissible to show a film or other cinematographic work as long as it is for educational or training purposes and as long as the work is not an infringing copy. 

    Instructors may copy news and news commentary from radio and television broadcasts for educational or personal use. 

    Distance Education

    Lessons containing copyright protected works beyond the fair dealing limits, including tests and exams, may be recorded and communicated (e.g. in Canvas) to students enrolled in the course, provided that the recording or copy is destroyed within 30 days after the end of the course and the institution takes measures to limit the audience to only students registered in the course. 

    Examinations

    There is a specific exception that permits reproducing copyright protected material for testing and examination purposes. Therefore, material protected by copyright can be reproduced, translated, preformed, or broadcast on university premises for a test or exam.  

    Performances

    Works such as plays or music can be performed live by students without infringing copyright if the performance takes place on the premises of the school and the audience is primarily students of the school or instructors.

    See the Copyright Office's infographic for details.

  • Under copyright law, fair dealing allows you to make one copy of part of a work for yourself for the purposes of education, private study, research, parody, satire, review, criticism or news reporting. Please see "Is there a limit to how much I can copy?" for the SFU Fair Dealing guidelines as to how much of a work you can copy for purposes of your course assignments at SFU.

    Also, you may copy materials for which the university (e.g. the Library) has negotiated licenses according to the terms of the agreement.

    Please review SFU Policy R30.04 Copyright Compliance and Administration, the Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04 and Application of Fair Dealing to the Student Activities of Learning and Research (R30.04 Appendix J) for more information.

  • Yes. The Copyright Act specifies that “every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work” is protected by copyright, and this includes student work as well as your thesis. This means that your permission is required in order for an instructor to keep a copy to share it with future students.

    Additionally, SFU's Intellectual Property Policy specifies that "IP created exclusively by a student Creator in the course of completing the requirements for an academic degree or certificate is owned by the student Creator." Remember that if you are collaborating with a faculty member, or anyone else, you should discuss the intellectual property rights and any necessary agreements before beginning the project.

  • Special procedures for remote access to Bloomberg due to COVID-19

    Remote access to SFU’s Bloomberg terminals has been implemented due to the COVID-19 disruption. This temporary solution offered by Bloomberg is not normally available in academic environments with shared terminals.

    IMPORTANT:  This remote terminal access option can accommodate a limited number of simultaneous connections. If that limit is reached often, causing students in courses that require Bloomberg data to be unable to complete their assignments in a timely manner, we may need to restrict access to specific groups.

    To avoid that situation…

    1. Only use Bloomberg for course assignments or academic research that cannot be completed using other resources. Please refrain from all personal use until we can return to normal operation with a physical terminal.
       
    2. The Bloomberg Markets Certification (BMC) program is available separately from the remote terminal during the COVID-19 disruption. In addition, other SFU Library databases such as S&P Capital IQ provide similar financial data and many SFU Library sources provide business/financial news with daily updates.

      If such alternatives to using a remote terminal might meet your needs, please explore them first. See below for details on such alternatives.
       
    3. Learn about efficient terminal use before you log in (e.g., via the BMC program), then use your time online efficiently and log out as soon as you have the data you need. 

    Alternatives for selected Bloomberg content & functions

    Bloomberg Markets Certification (BMC)

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    While  SFU's campuses are largely closed and most courses are delivered online due to the COVID-19 service disruption, SFU students can complete the entire BMC program online with no charge. This program does not require connecting to a Bloomberg terminal.

    1. Go to the Bloomberg for Education portal.
    2. Click on “Sign up” to create an account.
    3. You may be asked if you are completing the BMC as part of a group or class. Unless your instructor has specifically asked you to complete the BMC and has given you a class code to enter when registering, you should say "No" to that question. You will then be able to register without entering a class code.
    4. Enter your name and SFU email address and choose a password. (Only SFU email addresses are accepted.)

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    News

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    Some researchers rely on Bloomberg terminals for access to Bloomberg business news. Consider the many other business news sources provided by the SFU Library. For instance... 

    A. SFU researchers have full access to the Financial Times, including special reports, graphics, videos, and more.

    B. Bloomberg's Businessweek magazine is fulltext online with no embargo in Business Source Complete. And if you click on Share in the upper right corner, you can set up an email alert when new issues arrive.

    C. Our Factiva database includes the WSJInvestor's Business DailyBarron's, and thousands of other important business titles, all updated daily.

    Note: Bloomberg did provide free access to Bloomberg News for students during the spring and summer of 2020, but that special program appears to have now ceased. We will edit this section of the FAQ if we get more information on this topic.

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    Financial Data

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    Our S&P Capital IQ (“CapIQ”) database contains data on companies, markets, commodities, economies, and much more, and it is accessible remotely by all SFU researchers.

    See this blog post for instructions on how to register for an account.

    S&P has temporarily enabled off-campus registration for Capital IQ accounts during the COVID-19 disruption. 

    In addition to the usual HTML interface (any browser or operating system), CapIQ has an option to retrieve data via an Excel Add-In. That feature is, unfortunately, only available on Windows-based computers. See this blog post for details.

    Finally, see this blog post for details on a CapIQ training portal to help you make the best use of this powerful database.

    Our WRDS database also contains many financial datasets such as Compustat (company fundamentals) and CRSP (stock and index prices) that may meet your needs.

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    Bloomberg terminal remote access

    Protection of privacy notice

    The Library makes the Bloomberg service available to you for your convenience. Your use of personal log-in IDs for the Bloomberg service at SFU is voluntary.  Please be advised that the personal contact information you disclose to establish a Bloomberg account is stored on servers located in the United States of America. When you use this service, no personal information about you is collected by or for SFU. Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information you provide directly to Bloomberg.

    Your creation and use of a personal log-in ID for Bloomberg is an implicit acknowledgement that you have read, and agree with, this notice.

    Instructors

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    1. Register as a "Professor" via the Bloomberg For Education portal as outlined in the BMC section above. Bloomberg will verify your status – this may take a short time.

    2. Log in to the Bloomberg for Education portal and enable terminal access for yourself. See Part 2 of this document for the steps.

    If you are teaching a class with assignments that require Bloomberg access, follow the same steps to enable terminal access for your students after they have created their BMC accounts.

    3. After you have enabled your own terminal access, go to Resources > Terminal Access to verify your identity and create your terminal account. If the Terminal Access link doesn't show up for you, you may need to log out then back into the Bloomberg For Education portal.

    4. Once your terminal account has been created, Bloomberg will create a Bloomberg terminal ID for you and allow you to set a password. You will then be able to...

    • Navigate to: https://bba.bloomberg.net
    • Enter your Bloomberg Terminal username and password.
    • Verify your identity with a code sent to your enrolled email or mobile phone
    • Click the down arrow to the right of the "Launch" button and select "Launch within the browser" or follow the instructions on Bloomberg's Help pages to install a Citrix Workspace App client on your computer.

    Help: This guide covers the above steps and includes screen captures. For additional help during the Terminal login process, please refer to: https://bba.bloomberg.net/help

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    Students

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    1. Register as a "Learner" via the Bloomberg For Education portal as outlined in the BMC section above.

    2.a. If you are taking a course that requires Bloomberg access for all students... 
    Ensure that your instructor knows your BMC account has been created. They will then be able to enable your terminal access, after which you can move on to step 3 below. (MSc-Finance students should contact Glenn Powers.) 

    2.b. If you are not in a course that requires Bloomberg access for all students...
    Email Mark Bodnar, Business Librarian, at mbodnar@sfu.ca to request terminal access be enabled on your BMC account. Include your name and SFU email address and details on how Bloomberg data is required for your assignment. Remember that during COVID-19 terminal access is only available to support research for assignments – personal access is not permitted due to the limited access available.

    You will be notified when your terminal access has been enabled (may take a few days), after which you can move on to step 3 below to create a terminal account.

    3. After your instructor or the librarian has enabled your terminal access, log back into the Bloomberg For Education portal and  go to Resources > Terminal Access to verify your identity and create your terminal account. 

    4. Once your terminal account has been created, Bloomberg will create a Bloomberg terminal ID for you and allow you to set a password. You will then be able to...

    • Navigate to: https://bba.bloomberg.net
    • Enter your Bloomberg Terminal username and password.
    • Verify your identity with a code sent to your enrolled email or mobile phone
    • Click the down arrow to the right of the "Launch" button and select "Launch within the browser" or follow the instructions on Bloomberg's Help pages to install a Citrix Workspace App client on your computer.

    Help:  This guide covers the above steps and includes screen captures. For additional help during the Terminal login process, please refer to: https://bba.bloomberg.net/help

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    Code of conduct

    As you will be accessing a shared resource during particularly stressful times, please minimize the amount of time you are logged into the Bloomberg terminal:

    • Log out if you are going to be away from your computer for more than a few minutes or if you are going to switch to other tasks that don’t require terminal access. Note that the terminal will log you out after one hour of inactivity, but it's best to proactively release the terminal for access by others as soon as you are able to do so.
       
    • Use the non-terminal access options for the BMC program and news articles, and consider other financial data sources whenever possible.
       
    • Delegate data retrieval to one member of a group where possible.

    Assistance

    • Start with Bloomberg’s Terminal Help pages.
    • Contact Bloomberg's Customer Support for terminal access/account issues not covered by the help pages.
    • Read Bloomberg's Getting Started document (English / Simplified Chinese versions) for basic details on how to use the terminal.
    • Use the Help options within the database and take the BMC course for further instructions on terminal use.
    • Contact your instructor if you have questions about using Bloomberg for your assignments.
    • Contact Mark Bodnar, Business & Economics Librarian, with all other questions: mbodnar@sfu.ca
  • In recognition of their donation to SFU, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board member realtors may receive Library External Borrower cards at a 50% discounted rate, currently $50 for an annual card and $20 for a semester card.

    To obtain a card come to any of the three SFU Libraries and bring:

    • Fraser Valley Real Estate Board membership ID card
    • Picture ID (e.g. driver's license, BC ID)
  • Some textbooks include codes in order to access additional online material. When the library purchases a book with such a code, the information is removed and discarded as it is only valid for one user.

  • Yes.

    For more information, and to make a booking request, see: Booking films for classroom viewing.

  • Yes. Laptops are available to borrow at all three SFU Libraries.

    Who can borrow laptops?

    SFU faculty, staff, and students can borrow laptops.

    Where can I get a laptop?

    Laptops are available at the Loans counter in each SFU library. Please return them to the same counter, and remember to turn them off first.

    How long can I borrow a laptop?

    The loan period for laptops is 4 hours. There are no renewals, requests, holds, or bookings.

    Late fees of $10.00 per hour (or a portion thereof) will be charged for all laptops not returned on time. Borrowers are responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged laptops and will be charged for replacing the laptop ($1,650) as well as a replacement fee ($100).

    How do I find out if a laptop is available?

    Library laptops are available to use only on SFU campuses up to an hour before the library closes.

    You can see if any laptops are available for checkout by phoning:

    • 778.782.4345 - W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby
    • 778.782.5050 - Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver
    • 778.782.7411 - Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

    Can I connect to wifi?

    Yes. You can connect to the SFU Wireless Network using your SFU computing ID and password.

    Can I print from a Library laptop?

    Yes. You can send print jobs to any library or campus printer via the wireless network.

    How do I save my files?

    Do not save files to the desktop. See How can I save my work when I am using a computer in the Library? for different ways to save your files.

    Can I borrow a laptop lock?

    Yes. Laptop locks are available at the W.A.C. Bennett Library and have a loan period of 24 hours.

     

  • Cell phone chargers are available for 4 hour loan at the check-out counter of the Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), Fraser Library (SFU Surrey), and Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver). These chargers will work with over 200 different types of phones.

  • Yes, as long as it is a legal, commercial copy played for the purpose of education, the audience is primarily students, and no profit is gained. There is no longer the need to ensure a public performance license is in place.

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