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The information in this guide is intended for Instructors, Space Convenors, and Teaching Convenors.

Adding Content Without Breaching Copyright

Any content that you haven’t created must be linked to, rather than added as a PDF to VU Collaborate. If the library provides access to the content in electronic format eg. journal articles, you must link to it. If the content is in print format eg. print book chapter, you must add it onto eReserve and then link to it. This is in order to comply with the Australian Copyright Act.

Did you create the content?


Put it on VU Collaborate.


You cannot upload PDFs which someone else has created, as they hold the copyright. Instead you need to link to these resources. See below for details of how to do this.

Does the library provide online access to the content?

Determine whether the library provides electronic access to what you want to put on VU Collaborate eg. journal article, book chapter, video.

Step One: Search The Library

Go to the library home page [http://www.vu.edu.au/library]

Enter the title of your item eg. article title, into the Library Search box.

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Step Two: Did you find the item?

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Click on the title to move to the screen with the permanent link to the article.


Step Three: Find permanent link

Linking from Library Search

Click on Permalink on the right hand side of the screen. Copy the permanent link that appears at the top of the screen.

Linking from Library Search


Email your scanned PDF of the article or book chapter to eReserve [http://intranet.vu.edu.au/library/Collections.asp]


Step Three: Find permanent link

Linking from eReserve

When added to eReserve, search for your item by unit or lecturer name. Click on the permanent link to this resource and copy the url.

Linking from eReserve

Step Four: Add permanent link to VU Collaborate

Select the required module in your unit. Click on New, then New link. Enter the title of the resource and then paste the permanent link.

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Need help with linking from a database?

Finding and linking permanent links from individual databases may also be required.

Permanent links from databases

Link to the Permanent links from library resources guide for detailed instructions on linking to individual databases. [http://guides.library.vu.edu.au/permanentlinks]

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Need more help with copyright?

Refer to the Copyright for teaching page.[http://intranet.vu.edu.au/library/CopyrightForTeaching.asp]

Need any further assistance?

Contact your College Librarian [http://intranet.vu.edu.au/library/Contacts.asp#College_Librarians]

Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site[https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au] for up to date information and resources on blended learning. Provide feedback on this help resource by visiting the Help Site Feeback forum [https://blendedlearning.vu.edu.au/forum/helpsite-feedback.html].

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service[http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au] for further technical support.



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