How to Check Licences of Library Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources at Ryerson University are licenced by Ryerson University Library. The most common type of course reading type that we deliver to students currently at Ryerson is this type of reading. The two most common formats are:

1) Articles from E-journals                2) Chapters from E-books

Many resources allow redistribution of this material through a persistent or stable link that can be made available to a student. Occasionally the licence terms allow you to post a PDF article or book section to your D2L shell.   You need to check how our licence lets you use the material for teaching purposes before you post the material.

Checking Library Electronic Resources: The Journal Lookup Tool

This is a tool that can help you determine if you can post a persistent link or PDF version of a Library Electronic Resource. Learn how to use the Journal Lookup Tool to find what format you can deliver electronic journal resources to your students.

License Look-up Tutorials

Things to note:

a) Some journals only allow you to redistribute material through a persistent or stable link. (Link is Green in the Look-up Tool)

b) Occasionally the licence terms allow you to post a PDF of an article to your Blackboard shell. (CMS is Green in the Look-up Tool)

c) A few e-journals do not allow any redistribution of classroom use from their journal database (For example: Harvard Business Review). These you can direct to Library E-reserves for copyright checking. (a journal Link is marked Red in the Look-up Tool



Some e-book collections in the Ryerson University collection can be freely linked to if you would like to use an e-book for teaching purposes. You can provide the student a url of the “Permanent Link”  which is clearly marked in the Library Catalogue record for the e-book for them to access. These vendors allow links to their books for teaching purposes and allow multiple students to access the resource:

  • Morgan and Claypool
  • Springer Ebook
  • PsycBooks
  • Safari Books Online
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • ACLS
  • Knovel
  • ENGnetBASE
  • SPIE_eBooks
  • CogNet

If the e-book vendor is not on the list above please send an e-mail to and they will see if a licence can be obtained that would support teaching from an online book. (Some licences only allow one concurrent user which is not suitable for teaching use.)

Images from ARTstor

ARTstor has over 300,000 images that can be posted in Powerpoint slides, posted to Blackboard, or used in classroom handouts.

How to Make Stable, Persistent or Durable Links

Instructions on how to make a Persistent link yourself.

Best Practices for the Use of Electronic Resources

Here are some best practice guidelines for use of the  University Library Electronic Resources:
Generally allowed Generally not 
Using persistent links to provide access to journal articles and e-books from within Blackboard. These can be placed into your Blackboard shell by library staff using the Ares Course Reading E-reserve system. Posting into Blackboard digital copies (for example, PDF copies) of journal articles and e-books.
Incorporating images taken from the resources into presentations projected in the classroom. Using images from the resources in presentations uploaded to Blackboard, OR posting images directly to Blackboard
Giving students citation for material so they can locate it
 in the library. Printing and handing out journal articles in the classroom.
E-mailing a link to an article to an individual student or class. E-mailing an article to an individual student or class.
If you are unsure about what you can 
do with a particular resource, check the Terms of Use.