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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Copyright and Teaching

Copyright is a policy mechanism that protects forms of creative expression, such as original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. Much of the material that you use in your class is protected by copyright law.

Managing the use of copyrighted materials in your classroom can be difficult. Through the new Fair Dealing Policy and Copyright Advisory Office, Queen's is committed to helping you manage and support the use of copyrighted materials in both the face-to-face and digital classrooms.

What types of resources can I use in my classroom?

Starting Point: The Copyright and Teaching Guide provides step-by-step guidelines for understanding how the Copyright Act and how the Copyright Policy at Queen's can be applied to your teaching situation.

See the Copyright Advisory Office page for more specific information (including FAQs, guidelines for posting material to the web, information related to copyright and publication agreements etc.).


The services of the Copyright Advisory Office include:

  • E-reserves. Queen's Library is launching a new e-reserve service beginning with the 2013 Fall Term. The Library's e-reserve service offers a convenient, one-stop tool that facilitates students' access to both electronic and print course materials from within their Learning Management System (LMS). As part of this service, the Library will help instructors manage student access to course materials by either linking to or scanning and posting electronic copies in the Library's collection. Additionally, the Library will ensure that course materials comply with both copyright and accessibility requirements. In 2013 the service will be available for instructors using Moodle. For more information about our e-reserve system and services, please see:
  • Workshops. Attend a workshop to find out how to apply the Copyright at Queen's policy to your teaching. Workshops are also available on request. Email to schedule a workshop for your department.
  • In-person, phone, chat or email support. Contact the Copyright Advisory Office at 613-533-6000 ext. 78466 or email to book a consultation.
  • Link Creation. If you need help creating permanent links to material in the library catalogue, send your reading list to

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