Using Full Text, Visual & Audio Resources for Education & Research

The Dartmouth College Library licenses and buys thousands of full text resources such as journal articles, book chapters and full books, as well as images and visual materials, which you can use for teaching and research purposes. Many of these enable you to create persistent links to the full text, image or video, which you can use in Canvas or for course reserves without having to get permission. Frequently asked questions:


1. How can I use digital materials in my courses?

The following examples are typically allowed for copyrighted material under special parts of the copyright law, including Fair Use. For more on Fair Use in the academic environment, see the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries.  

  • Download articles for personal education and research use
  • Use data for research, if for a "non consumptive use" such as data mining
  • Use content for coursework, such as written work, presentations, videos, posters and other forms
  • Use content for presentations at conferences

Things to keep in mind:

  • Always attribute both the creator of the object or text and the source database
  • Seek permissions if desired use falls outside of these uses
  • Use the Creative Commons Search to find content with a Creative Commons license. These licenses tell you what uses the creator intended, without having to ask permission to make those uses of the material. 

2. How do I know what full-text resources are currently available from the Dartmouth College Library?  Use any of these methods:

  • Search for a journal or book title in the Dartmouth College Library Catalog and limit to WEB Resources
  • Follow the Get It links that you find in the index and abstract resources like Academic Search Premier or Web of Science that will lead you to digital full text as well as print sources of articles, book chapters and books. To locate specialized databases in your subject area, browse the Database Finder.
  • If you have a specific citation to a journal article, try Article Citation Finder.
  • Use Summon to locate articles, books, book chapters, images, music and video on all topic, and look for the "Full text" icon. 

3. How do I create persistent links to this material?

  • Many of the databases listed in the Dartmouth College Library Catalog and in the Database Finder give a persistent link for a record and the record usually has the Get It link to the Dartmouth subscribed full text.
  • Many journal articles have a unique DOI, or Digital Object Identifier. If a journal article gives a DOI such as this one for an article in Nature: 10.1038/375666a0, then just append it to this prefix: 
  • You can download citations to all kinds of material into Zotero, create a folder, and then share that folder, which generates a persistent link to this list of resources.

4. What are my other options if the material is not in a Dartmouth licensed collection and I cannot make a persistent link to it?