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Copyright

Posting Materials on Moodle

John Cabot University's learning management system, Moodle, is password protected and it helps preventing unauthorized users from accessing content that may be under copyright. However, when providing digital materials to students, all instructors must comply to the Italian and U.S. copyright laws, as stated in the copyright policy.

Linking to Materials in Moodle

Whenever possible, provide a link to the item's full-text in one of the library's databases rather than creating and uploading copies to Moodle.  The right to link to an item in a subscription database is often included in the library license.

Linking to the full-text is preferable for several reasons:

  • Any copyright violation will be avoided.
  • You will comply with library subscription terms. Downloading the full-text to re-post it is actually prohibited for some library online resources, but linking to the resources from Moodle is okay. 
  • Posting lots of PDFs in Moodle increases the storage space and it may slow down the service.

There are several ways to link to the full text of items owned by the Library directly from JCU Discovery. See the next section for detailed instructions.