Lemieux Library FAQ

1. Can I provide my students with links (or URLs) from Lemieux Library’s full text databases?

Maybe. Most of our database licenses allow you to provide access to full text articles by linking directly to the article. Others do not. The Library is currently creating documentation to assist you in answering this question, but at this time please contact Jan Hartley, Head of Technical Services (hartleyj@seattleu.edu) x6206 if you have questions on the use of a specific database.

2. Is it better to create my own website or use a Course Management System (such as Angel) if I want to provide my students with links (or URLs) to full text articles?

  • Regardless of whether you use a Course Management System (CMS) or your own website, always apply the “Fair Use” test as outlined in the University’s Copyright Guidelines.
  • Providing access to links (or URLs) through a CMS, where access is limited to enrolled students for a limited amount of time and is password protected, is a more defensible choice then publishing links on a website that is accessible to the entire campus.
  • If you are creating your own website, never download an article and post it on your web page unless you are sure that your actions do not violate copyright law.
  • If you are not sure whether or not a database provider allows the linking of full text articles, or if you don’t have time to find out, simply provide the citation to the journal and link to the database instead of the article.

3. How do I create a link directly to the full text article?

It depends on the database. Articles in databases with “persistent URL’s” (i.e., the address stays the same) allow you to link directly to the full text of the article. (For example: Academic Search Premier or Business Source Premier.) Articles in databases with “dynamic URL’s” (i.e., the address changes each time you access the article) do not have the capability of linking directly to the article. (For example: Lexis/Nexis Academic Universe.) The Library is currently creating documentation to assist you with creating links, but at this time please contact Jan Hartley, Head of Technical Services (hartleyj@seattleu.edu) or your Liaison Librarian http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/AboutLibrary/Depts_Staff.htm#liaison if you need further guidance.

4. I have created a link, but my students still cannot access the resource from off-campus.

For the Lemieux Library to offer access to our databases and electronic journals to off-campus users we must first verify that they are authorized users (i.e., current students, faculty and staff.) The University uses a “proxy” server, which authenticates users before allowing them to link to a resource. When you create a link, you will need to add the following text at the beginning of the URL: http://proxy.seattleu.edu:2048/login?url= For example, the following links the remote user to Britannica Online, but only after the user is authenticated by the proxy server: http://proxy.seattleu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.eb.com/

5. How do I find out if the Lemieux Library has the specific journal I need? What about a list of databases?

6. Should I put a printed copy of an article on Reserve in the Lemieux Library or use a Course-Pack?

This decision is up to you. Copyright and the fair use exception are applicable for either method. Your choice should depend on how you want to provide this information to your students, the amount of material you will use, etc. For example: if it is important that each student has their own copy of an article you probably should use a course pack. You can learn more about fair use at http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/copypol2.htm

7. What types of materials can I put on reserve and for how long?

Information on procedures and policies can be found at: http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/AboutLibrary/Reserves.htm

8. Does the Lemieux Library offer electronic reserves?

Not yet. We will be testing new electronic reserve software in early 2005. Keep in mind that electronic reserves fall under the same copyright and fair use rules and guidelines as print reserves.

9. Where can I find more information on copyright and fair use guidelines at the Lemieux Library?

For additional information contact a Librarian or see Copyright @ Lemieux Library page: http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/AboutLibrary/copyright.htm