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Library Partner Updates: September 2022

MU Libraries News & Updates

September 2022


 Copyright & OER: Workshops & Reminders

Do you know the rules for sharing published materials with your students? 

Q: How can I share a chapter from a textbook without making my students purchase the book? 
A: Faculty have a few options, and they all require a bit of time for planning and execution:
  1. Coursepak: To generate a course pack, the legal way to do this is to use the bookstore’s service Xanedu. They will obtain the permissions, print the chapters, bind them and sell them directly to students. Xanedu should be able to provide a quote to determine how much it will cost. Learn more at
  2. Blackboard w/ CCC clearance: The other method is to get copyright clearance for each chapter from the CCC. You’ll need to list the course number, semester, and number of students, along with the end date for the class to get a quote per chapter. After you pay for that permission, you can list the chapter inside Blackboard electronically. You can go all the way to the end to get a quote without paying. Learn more at
  3. Reserve: for classes with on-campus students, you can put your materials on reserve in Drinko Library at no cost to the department or the student. You can place your Reserve requests online at
  4. OERs: the best option is to use OERs whenever possible. OERs (open educational resources) are textbooks that are freely available online and have the ability for all or parts of the book to be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. Here is a link to the library guide on OERs: Of specific use would be the tab called Finding OERs, which provides a list of open textbook search engines and repositories. Since it’s July, this option will likely not be possible for approaching semesters, but is
    definitely something to look into for future semesters.

Still have questions?

  • Attend the upcoming Copyright Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 14th, in Drinko Library 402 at 10am. Coordinated by Dena Laton, Student Success Coordinator for Distance Education, Copyright Education and Independent Proctoring. Contact Dena for more information:
  • Attend the upcoming OER Workshop and Paid Review, also on Wednesday, Sept. 14th, in Drinko Library 349, from 2pm-3pm. Coordinated by Margaret Sullivan and Larry Sheret (University Libraries) and Marty Laubach (Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Registration and more information can be found at:


 Read the Wall Street Journal for free!

MU Libraries has partnered with the Wall Street Journal to provide free, school-sponsored memberships to all students, faculty and staff.

Members have full digital access to and more. To access WSJ+, users must first register with a Marshall email address.

To sign up for your free account, follow these instructions:

  1.  Start by copying + pasting the following URL into a search bar:  

  2. You will be directed to MU's single sign on page, where you will signin using your MUNet username and password.

  3. After signing in, you will be directed to to create your account. You will be responsible for completing the following fields: Account Type: Professor, Staff or StudentFirst & Last NameEmail Address*Password*Graduation Month & Year (Students Only) 

  4. Once completed, you will receive a welcome email with information about available content and resources.

*Please note that your email address and password will become your login credentials when accessing content directly on or using the WSJ app.


 Trial Database Spotlight: Rock's BackPages

Rock's Backpages is the largest database of music journalism online, featuring almost 50,000 articles on thousands of artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top.

They've been going for over 20 years and work with hundreds of writers to archive their work for students, researchers and plain old music-lovers, and would be a great resource for journalism, marketing, and music majors. Content includes articles, interviews, the RBP Podcast, and more.


 Library MasterClass series: Two Fall Events

Join library faculty for two events geared toward faculty, adjuncts, and grad students. 

Can't make it? The recordings will be made available and shared with anyone who requests them, simply email Eryn Roles for the Sept. event recording, and Heather Lauer for the Oct. event recording.


 Using Information Delivery Services: EZBorrow vs. ILL

The library strives to provide all students and faculty with the resources they need, but if we don't own or have access to something you need, you have (free) options.

Watch this video to learn more about our Information Delivery Services (IDS), to understand the differences, and when you should use them for your research requests. 

How to Use IDS by MU Libraries


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