Copyright and iLearn

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The Fair Use provision of the U.S. copyright law permits some material to be posted on iLearn and integrated applications.

What can I post on iLearn and integrated applications (such as Perusall)?

  1. You can post links to articles and e-books that are available electronically through the AUS library. Linking is always the best solution because it avoids most copyright issues and the links can stay in iLearn for multiple semesters. For instructions on how to link to library resources please see our Linking to Resources Page
  2. Links to freely available/open access material on the Internet
  3. Videos have to be streamed on iLearn, not made available for download. For more on the library’s streaming procedures please see our Streaming Video Reserves page
  4. If you want to post a document or PDF, such as a scanned excerpt from a print book or an article uploaded from a library database, you need to contact so our copyright team can check the permissions. Please follow this procedure before uploading library materials onto iLearn or integrated applications like Perusall.

If you need to share a scanned portion of a print book or journal with your class, please follow these Fair Use guidelines:

  • Do we have access to the online version? Provide a link instead.
  • Can the library purchase the e-book version? We will opt for that instead. See our Suggest A Book request form.
  • Only post materials on iLearn where they can only be accessed by students enrolled in the class.
  • Include a full citation and terms of use disclaimer on the PDF. For example:

Schiessl, P., & Lay, S. (2005). Influence of concrete composition. In H. Böhni (Ed.), Corrosion in reinforced concrete structures (pp. 91-134). Cambridge, England: Woodhead.
Scanned by the American University of Sharjah Library for internal use. Contents may NOT be reproduced or redistributed in any form without written permission from the copyright holder.

  • Limit the amount of the work posted:  one chapter or 10% from a book (whichever is less) or one article from a journal issue. See our Classroom Handouts page for more detailed guidelines on recommended amounts.
  • Post the item for only as long as it is required for class discussion. We recommend removing the item after 2 weeks.
  • Email to request permission. We can scan the work and add the necessary citation and terms of use disclaimer to the PDF.

For more information on Copyright and Blackboard (iLearn), please see