How many pages of a book or journal can be added to Electronic Reserves?

All material placed on Electronic Reserve must be compliant with copyright law and fall under Fair Use. 

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a “fair use”, the factors to be considered shall include:

  • the purpose and character of the use
  • the nature of the copyrighted work being used
  • the amount and substantiality of the work being used
  • the effect of the use on the market for value of the original

The following use of copyrighted material is permissible according to fair use guidelines.

  • one chapter from any one book
  • one poem, short story, or essay from a collected work
  • one article from any one journal issue or newspaper
  • a short excerpt not to exceed 10% of a work without chapters or articles
  • a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper

Each of these is for one semester and one course only. Subsequent semesters require copyright clearance.

Material that will be placed on Reserve without obtaining copyright clearance includes the following:

  • Quizzes/Exams/Solutions
  • Homework assignments
  • Study guides/syllabus prepared by instructor
  • Lecture notes
  • Student papers (with written authorization)
  • Government publications
  • Overheads prepared by the instructor

Proper attribution must be obtained for all works on Electronic Reserve. Faculty who wish to place a student paper or other unpublished work on reserve must obtain written consent from the author before the work will be added. Please contact Library Reserves staff to complete the Permission for Created Works form for student papers or unpublished works. 

Library Reserves staff will not place material on reserve that does not comply right Fair Use or violates copyright laws. 

Please refer to the Fair Use and Copyright guidelines for more information. The Library does not pay for copyright clearance. Faculty are responsible for ensuring their material are compliant with Fair Use and copyright laws.

Answered by: Kelly Ann Sam | Last updated on: Aug 10, 2020 | Views: Views: 0

Library Services Help

Chat Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8AM-6PM
Friday - Saturday 9AM-5PM

Send an Email

(760) 750-4348

Research Help

Chat Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10AM-4PM 
Friday 10AM-3PM

Send an Email

(760) 750-4391