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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.

Using Copyrighted Works

Using Copyrighted Works in the Classroom

Want to use a piece of copyrighted material in your class? Use our Copyright Flowchart and follow the steps to determine your options.

After looking at the Copyright Flowchart, if you need to determine permissions for using works, 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.

If the Copyright Clearance Center informs you there is a fee, please contact Emily Asch,

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

Minneapolis Librarians

Sue Gray, | 651.690.7898
Cindy Graham, | 651.690.7780