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JMU Libraries Resources as Course Materials

E-books: Not all e-books will be suited for course use. Below are explanations of restrictions publishers may require for e-book use. If you are using Libraries' e-books in your course, don't forget to remind students to Connect from Off-Campus.

Number of users: This can vary by publisher and subscription package agreement.

  • If use is limited, you'll see this note in the Library catalog "Access to this e-book is limited to one user/three users at a time
  • Some downloaded e-books expire after a checkout period, but can then be checked out again. 
  • Some e-books have no user limit

Type of access: This can vary by publisher and subscription package agreement.

  • Downloads by chapter or an entire book
  • Only online access

Digital Rights Management (DRM): This can vary by publisher and subscription package agreement.

  • Technological restrictions placed on electronic resources limit what users can do with the e-book.

Other JMU Libraries resources: In addition to e-books, the JMU Libraries also provide access to physical objects (like books and videos) or virtual materials (electronic journals and video playlists). Want to link to JMU Libraries' articles and videos from a Canvas course? Find detailed instructions at the Connect the Libraries to Canvas guide.

Licensing and Copyright

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Open Licenses: Know the Creative Commons licenses

Unless the OER is in the Public Domain, the educational resource will likely have a Creative Commons (CC) license applied. See below for a detailed look at the rights granted by the various CC license types.