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Veterinary eBooks (General)

It's Complicated...

Some eBooks are one user at a time; others are multiple users.

Some eBooks are available for library purchase; others aren't.

Some publishers make it easy to download a .pdf of a chapter; others don't.

Interfaces and platforms vary widely. Our main eBook platforms are ProQuest, EBSCO, and ScienceDirect.

If you have ANY questions, ask Rae.

Best Practices: A Guide for Faculty

Proxy, Proxy, Proxy...

  • Provide "proxied" links to your students. Your links should start with
  • When off campus, students will be asked to log in with their credentials (username).
  • Proxied links provide the best fair-use protection because you are simply linking to library-purchased content.
  • To find the proxied link for an eBook, look the book up in the Library catalog (or, check out the list on the Home tab of this guide). Right-click on the MU Online access link and copy that URL.
  • You can create links further into an eBook (platform dependent!). For example, a link into a ScienceDirect chapter would look like:

On Occasion...

  • Occasionally, you might find that providing a proxied link just isn't working (e.g., multiple students are having trouble getting in; the reading assignment is due tomorrow...).
  • You can provide a .pdf of a chapter to your students as long as you provide all the normal fair-use protection you would for a print book. For example, restrict the item to those students enrolled in the course via Canvas; post the least amount needed; etc.
  • It's very easy to download .pdfs from ScienceDirect eBooks. Ebrary allows for dowloading of chapters, BUT you have to create an ebrary account first.


  • Downloading a .pdf and then posting it to a publically available web page. Unless you own the copyright, that's a no-no.

Reminders about Fair Use

As you think about providing copyrighted materials to your students, ask yourself....

Is the material:

  • For educational use?
  • Restricted to those in the course?
  • Attributed to the source?
    • Cite your sources!
    • You need to have acquired the material legally. Accessing a library-purchased eBook via username authentication fits the bill.
    • If you've illegally downloaded the material (or, you can tell it's an illegal copy of copyrighted material), don't post it to Canvas. Oh, and stop illegally downloading copyrighted material. :)
  • Short (least amount needed)?
    •  More of a concern when you are posting material directly to Canvas (and not providing proxied links).

The Association of Research Libraries has lots of great information on Fair Use.