Libraries, Media Services, & Archives

Copyright & Intellectual Property

St. Catherine University is committed to fostering a community where faculty members, staff and students engage in learning, professional growth, scholarship and research that contribute to: opportunities for students, excellence of academic programs, academic reputation for excellence, the public good, and the strength of the institution.

St. Catherine University maintains policies for copyright and intellectual property.

The Copyright Clearance Center provides for a broad licensing that allows the St. Kate's community to reproduce or electronically distribute text-based copyrighted content for educational and research purposes.

What IS Covered by the License

  • Classroom handouts
  • Library reserves (print and electronic)
  • Electronic course content (course management systems and intranet postings)
  • Sharing with other faculty/staff (research collaboration, administrative communications)
  • Faculty-to-faculty sharing
  • Internal, intranet website postings and internal e-mail

What is NOT Covered by the License

  • Interlibrary loan
  • Coursepacks (currently not covered; contact the Bookstore for more information)
  • Advertising or marketing or other commercial purposes
  • Creation of a replacement database or a repository
  • Cover-to-cover copying of whole works
  • Library media reserves
  • Streaming media

If the material you wish to use is NOT covered by the CCC Annual Copyright License, you may be able to locate it in the St. Kate's library. It may be possible to distribute or post a link to an item in your course management system.

To verify whether or not the university has licensed a certain work, you'll want to go to the Copyright Clearance Center page below and enter one of the following:

  • ISSN or ISBN of the publication (this works best)
  • Publication title (journal or book, but not the title of an article or chapter)
  • Author
  • Publisher

The most frequently requested results will appear first. Our license is Academic License-Digital Print.

For more information, read the Copyright Flowchart and the Academic Annual Copyright License Coverage document.

For information about copyright in relation to fair use, classroom copying, and course management systems, refer to the St. Catherine University Intellectual Property Policy, but you may also be able to make some judgments on your own by thinking of the four factors of fair use.

Fair Use

All four of these factors must be weighed and taken into consideration when determining fair use:

  • The purpose and character of the use
    • Is it for educational purposes or for profit?
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
    • Is the work you're using non-fiction or fiction?
  • The amount and/or substantiality of the portion taken
    • Are you using a small portion of the work or the majority of it?
  • The effect of the use on the market value of the work
    • Will your use of this work harm the publisher's or author's value in the marketplace?

For more information on fair use and copyright, view some of the resources below.


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St. Paul Librarians

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Sue Gray, | 651.690.7898
Cindy Graham, | 651.690.7780