Guidelines for determining fair use, drawn from federal law, are all of the following:
- The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.
- The nature of the copyrighted work -- factual or non-fiction works vs. highly creative works such as art, music or novels.
- The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
- The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
There are some instances when copyright restricts use of materials for Reserves. Library staff will work with faculty in such cases to suggest alternative Reserve materials.
Materials are placed on Print or Electronic Reserves (ERes) only at the request of Saint Louis University faculty members for the non-commercial, educational use of their students.
- Appropriate materials for Print Reserves and ERes include, but are not limited, to lecture notes, past examinations, government publications and other public domain materials, articles from journals, and book chapters.
- Books, videos, CDs, and other materials may be placed on Print Reserves for two-hour or three-hour, interlibrary use or three-day check out.
- Public domain materials, government documents, and links may be placed on Reserve without copyright restriction.
- Persistent links will be provided in ERes for articles in licensed journals and databases or for electronic books whenever possible.
To place a student's work on Print Reserves or ERes, written permission from the student is needed and must be submitted with the request.
All materials placed on Print Reserves and ERes must be legally obtained and owned by the Libraries, another unit of the University, or the instructor; or licensed by Saint Louis University or one of its divisions.
- Go to http://eres.slu.edu/ or you may access this page from the home page of Pius Library, MCL, the Law Library, or SLULINK.
- Click on “Electronic Reserves & Reserves Pages”
- Click on the “Course Reserves Pages By Instructor” tab (You can search using other criteria, but this is the easiest method.)
- Select your instructor’s name. Click “Search.”
- Click the blue link (Course Number) for your class.
- In the password field, type the password. Click “Accept.”
- You will the taken to the course page. Click on the blue linked title of a document to access a bibliography page, where you can click through to the PDF or other file.