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Faculty + Instructor Resources for Online Teaching

Request Resources + Services

Request Resources + Services for Your Online Class

Are you looking for teaching materials the library doesn't already own? (Video, books, other?)

If you're looking for teaching materials the library already owns, email your subject librarian-- they can help you search for them!

Use Library Materials Online

Adding Links to Library Resources in Blackboard

Link directly to the readings or streaming video you want your students to use with a permalink.
  • If you do not use a permalink your students will not make it to the resource - this is confusing + frustrating!
  • Linking is better than uploading a PDF because a link allows your students to click through to the resource, which we get a usage count for-- if we don’t know that a resource is being used we don’t know we should keep paying for it


The image below is a session link, not a permalink. This means it will expire. If you post this link for your students on Blackboard, it will lead to a 'page not found' screen. (Frustrating! Confusing!)

image showing the link at the top of a browser, which is a session link, not a permalink. do not use this link in blackboard, as it will expire and lead to an error page when your students try to use it.

Permalinks may be in different places depending on what database/product you are using.

We know, this is also confusing and frustrating. Please ask us here if we can help you find a permalink. Here are some examples of where to find permalinks:

Example #1: in MinerQuest or any other EBSCO database

Online Library Instruction + Workshops

Online Library Instruction

Online Instruction

Librarians provide library instruction/workshops:

  • Live, online presentations/sessions
  • Instructional videos and pre-recorded presentations
  • Research guides for your course
  • Library/research Q+A discussion boards in Blackboard
  • or anything else that would support your teaching and your students

Adding a Librarian to Blackboard

Add a Librarian to your Blackboard course to help provide content, host a Q+A forum, or to co-lead a discussion board or module on research or finding evidence and supporting sources.  

  • Open your Blackboard course to the course management page
  • Click on Users and Groups
  • Click on Users
  • Click on Enroll New User
  • Add the librarian by their UTEP username (the first part of their email address)

Video Tutorials

The UTEP Library has video tutorials on basic research skills, information literacy concepts, and how-to's for certain library resources. Share them with your students or embed them directly into Blackboard from our YouTube channel.

Copyright and Online Courses

Copyright for Emergency Remote Teaching

The UTEP Library's Scholarly Communication unit endorses the findings of experts and supports that copyright law should permit copying portions of rights-protected works for emergency remote teaching.
The tabs in this box outline how to prudently apply fair use to copyrighted work including slides, audio, video, and course material. 
If you need additional assistance ask us at

This web site presents information about copyright law. The UTEP Library makes every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice.

Adapted from “Rapidly shifting your course from in-person to online” by Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota Libraries, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, and from TAMU University Libraries, with permission.

Slide Images

If it was legal to show slide images in class, it is likely legal to show them to students via live video conferencing or in recorded videos.

This may be a surprise if you have heard that there is a big difference between class lecture slides and online conference slides - but the issue is usually less offline versus online, than a restricted versus an unrestricted audience:

  • As long as your new course video is being shared through course websites limited to the same enrolled students, the legal issues are fairly similar.
  • Many instructors routinely post a copy of their slides as a file for students to access after in-person course meetings, which also likely doesn't present any new issues after online course meetings.


In-lecture use of audio or video

The "Classroom Use Exception" does not apply to streaming media. You may need to have students independently access the content outside of your lecture videos.

If you can limit audio and video use for your course to relatively brief clips, you may be able to include those in lecture recordings or live-casts under the copyright provision called fair use. For media use longer than brief clips, you may need to have students independently access the content outside of your lecture videos. Some further options are outlined below.

Where to post your videos

There may be some practical differences in outcomes in compliance to the law depending on where you post new course videos - for example, on Blackboard vs. on YouTube.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves provide online access to the Libraries material -- linking to Libraries subscription resources, finding ebooks where available, and much more.

It's always easier to link

Publicly Available Content

Linking to publicly available online content like news websites, existing online videos, etc. is rarely a copyright issue. (Better not to link to existing content that looks obviously infringing itself - Joe Schmoe's YouTube video of the entire "Black Panther" movie is probably not a good thing to link to. But Sara Someone's 2-minute video of herself and her best friend talking over a few of the pivotal scenes may be fair use, and is not something you should worry about linking to.)


Library Materials

Linking to subscription content through the Libraries is also a great option. Please see our brief instructions about linking to library materials.


Sharing Copies

Making copies of new materials for students (by downloading and uploading files, or by scanning from physical documents) can present some copyright issues, but they're not different from those involved in deciding whether to share something online with your students when you are meeting in-person.

  • It's better not to make copies of entire works - but most instructors don't do that!
  • Copying portions of works to share with students will often be fair use, and at times (especially in unusual circumstances, or with works that aren't otherwise commercially available) it may even be fair use to make lengthier copies.
  • It is an instructor’s right and responsibility to make their own decisions about when they think they can make copies for students.

Where an instructor doesn't feel comfortable relying on fair use, a subject specialist librarian may be able to suggest alternative content that is already online through library subscriptions, or publicly online content.



  • Showing an entire movie or film or musical work online may be a bit more of an issue than playing it in class - but there may be options for your students to access it independently online.
  • The Libraries have licensed video content options for UTEP users.
  • Standard commercial streaming options like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ may sometimes be the easiest option. (For exclusive content, the commercial services may be the only option.)
  • Where there are no other options, fair use may sometimes extend to synchronous, private playback of an entire work (such as in Blackboard, using YuJa).

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