Book Chapter or Excerpt

If you would like to make a chapter or excerpt from a book available to your class, follow these steps:

1. Check to see if the library has the book 

You can use the Library Catalog to determine which print and electronic books are available through the library. 

2. Determine if copying or scanning the chapter or excerpt would be fair use

Using an excerpt from a scholarly book in a class already meets two of the four criteria for fair use.  There are two other factors that must be considered:  How long is the excerpt?  Would this use complement or compete with sales of the original?  (Note that literary works such as fiction, drama, and poetry have a higher degree of copyright protection than scholarly writing.  For those cases see Literary Works.)

If you wish to use more of a book than is permissible under fair use, then you have several options for obtaining copyright permission or otherwise honoring the law.  Go to Step 3.

If the situation is ambiguous, it is best to err on the side of caution and treat it as a no.

Special Circumstances:

3. Getting Copyright Permission

If you wish to use more of a book than is permissible under fair use, then you have several options: