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Course Materials - USC Libraries Licensed

Resources (articles, ebooks, videos, etc.) licensed by USC Libraries are available for USC students, staff, and faculty to obtain one copy for personal use.

Copyright laws and license restrictions state that you cannot make additional copies and distribute them, or place your copy of the article or book online for free download.

To share resources with students, you can: 

  1. Place items on Course Reserves*
  2. Share links to items (e.g. article, ebook, video) from the USC Libraries catalog
  3. For items not in the catalog, share links to items (e.g. video clip) from within a USC Libraries platform or database 

*Items on course reserves must comply with copyright law and fair use.

Each of these three options require users to sign in with their USC Net ID and password. Please view detailed instructions below. 

Course Reserves

In addition to USC Libraries licensed resources, instructors my request to have resources that USC Libraries does not own be placed on Course Reserves. USC Libraries will do our best to try to obtain the resource and place on Course Reserves. 

Create Links to USC Libraries Items via the Catalog

  1. Search for an item using the USC Libraries Everything Search or Catalog + Articles search
  2. Copy the permalink on the library record of an item. 
  3. Paste the link into a syllabus, email, or Blackboard site.

Create Links to Items from within USC Libraries Licensed Platforms & Databases

Each USC Libraries licensed platform has unique features. However, most offer some way to link, share, or embed images and videos. 

  1. Sign into the USC Libraries platform or database with your USC Net ID and password. 
  2. Look for options to download, share, link, or embed next to each video or image. 
  3. Some platforms will allow you to embed a video and others will only allow you to link or share a video.
  4. Many platforms require you to create a personal account (in addition to signing in with your USC Net ID and password) in order to download, link, share, or embed.