What kind of materials can I include in a course pack?

Answered By: Erin Stienstra
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2021     Views: 6

There are many kinds of materials that can be included in a course pack: chapters of books, journal, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, plays, one chapter from a textbook, out-of-print material, a syllabus, lecture notes, lab worksheets, open access materials, assignments - it is really up to you.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the university's Fair Dealing Guidelines. Short excerpts of copyrighted works can be reproduced in course packs without additional copyright fees. If you would like to include materials that exceed Fair Dealing allowances, we will seek permission to reproduce those materials from the rights holder. Material that is found online is not necessarily free to reproduce and can only be reproduced if the terms allow it. If you would like to include these materials, add them to your reading list and we will verify whether it can be included, or seek permission to do so if needed.

For more information on copyright, see General Copyright Guidelines. If you have specific questions, please contact library@mcmaster.ca.

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