May I scan a print journal article or a book chapter into a PDF and post it on George Brown’s learning management systems?


Yes, you can scan and post copyrighted works as long as they fall within the guidelines listed in the George Brown's Fair Dealing policy.

A good alternative to scanning materials is linking to items in the library databases through the use of persistent links.

Linking to items in library databases using a persistent link is a copyright friendly, legal alternative to scanning material under copyright or sharing a PDF version with your students, which may require permission from the copyright holder. Please feel free to check the library resources, using “Search Everything” first, to determine whether or not the content (articles, ebooks, etc) is available through the GBC LLC as this is the best way to make resources available for online courses.

 For content not provided through the library databases, copyright clearance will need to be considered please check the fair dealing guidelines to see if the materials can be scanned and uploaded, with proper citations, to Blackboard or your course’s learning management system. If the materials you want to use does not fall within these guidelines please contact  for more information.

If you need technical assistance uploading the resources, please feel free to Email the Blackboard Faculty Helpdesk at or call the Blackboard Helpline 416.415.5000 ext. 2285.

For materials that fall outside these guidelines, you will have to obtain permission from the copyright holder. For further information on how to do this please contact Copyright Services at .


  • Last Updated Jan 14, 2021
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  • Answered By Heather Buffett

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