Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."

Libraries and copyright

When libraries purchase access to a film (physical or electronic), they do not own the copyright. Copyright law, therefore, determines what use is legal.  Acceptable educational uses of films include:

  • Showings of films in the classroom during the regular class meeting time
  • Allowing students to check out DVDs from physical course reserves to watch on their own
  • Providing links to streaming videos purchased by the library
  • Creating video clips (no more than 10% of the work) to share with the students

How can the library help me with films for my class?

Request we buy a film using the e-reserves form

We will purchase a streaming license if available

We will purchase a DVD if available

Commercial streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu do not license their works to academic libraries. Netflix provides a YouTube channel for documentaries they open up to educational use.

I need a digital copy of the entire film (A)/ I need clips of the video (B)

(A) While the library cannot digitize entire films, individuals may refer to the Fair Use guidelines and judge their use allows digitization. Fair use decisions are made by you, not by the libraries.  If you decide to proceed, please email mediahelp@wm.edu to get directions on creating your own digital copy.

(B) The library can create video clips totally 10% of the entire work for you.  Complete the Course Reserves & Video Clip Service form.

Faculty Media Purchase Request Flowchart

Faculty Media Request Flowchart