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Copyright: E-Reserves


If an article or book chapter is in electronic format in a database or as an eResource, linking to that document is required rather than putting articles or chapters on E-Reserves in PDF or other formats. 

The MU Libraries will pay up to $100 per course per semester in copyright royalties. Copyright royalties vary widely and can range from $15 to more than $300 per article. Individual faculty members or departments may choose to pay the royalties for anything over the $100 limit.

Consultation between the faculty member and the MU Libraries Ellis Reserve staff or branch staff will take place before items are removed from E-Reserves in order to determine the options in each situation, whether it involves linking or copyright or other issues. 

Bibliographic Information Is Required

Although listed as optional information by E-Reserves, bibliographic information is required by the libraries who will, if necessary, use this information to seek permission from the copyright holder for the material to display on E-Reserves.

Give the document the same title you will use in your course syllabus.

If you are working with published material, the Copyright Clearance Center requires the following information be included:

  • Book/Journal title

  • Chapter/Article title

  • Author

  • Publisher

  • Publication Date

  • Page number

Questions about copyright compliance for electronic reserve (E-Reserves) may be directed to the Reserves Unit at

What about using electronic reserves for music, audio or video recordings?

This is a time when faculty are encouraged, whenever possible, to link to University licensed databases or resources such as:

The Guidelines for Educational Uses of Music lay out helpful detail. For help with streaming music, contact the Music Librarian, Mike Muchow. 

Create Links to Electronic Resources

Additional Resources


Nothing on this guide is to be construed as legal advice. These pages are intended to provide information and guidance in the application of copyright law and to expand on the University of Missouri System Collected Rules and Regulations.

Thanks to Miller Nichols Library of UMKC for permission to reuse material from their Copyright guide.