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Copyright at the University of Northern Iowa

UNI Copyright Policies and Procedures

UNI eLearning and Copyright

If you plan to provide materials to students through eLearning, keep in mind information in digital formats is still governed by copyright.  Although access to the information will be limited to those students in the course with a log-in or password, the general guidelines for use of copyrighted materials apply. 


  • Entire works may not be digitized and provided to the students.  You may provide no more than 10% of the whole work regardless of format.

  • A statement of copyright must accompany each copyrighted item.

  • Copyrighted materials, regardless of format, can only be used for the duration of the class and must be removed at the end of the semester.  If you intend to repeatedly use the same material from semester to semester, for subsequent classes, or for more than one class in the same semester, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Citing Manuscripts, Archives, and Unpublished Material

Archival material presents a unique challenge. Once you have determined Copyright Permissions and Fair Use for a given artifact, you will still need to give proper attribution. The format of your citation will vary depending on the citation style you are using (e.g. MLA, Chicago/Turabian, or APA), but here are some guidelines:

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