Skip to main content

Copyright Guide for Faculty

GSM Reading Lists

GSM Reading Lists are used by module leaders to create dynamic online reading lists which appear on module pages on GSM Learn. Lists can include videos, online activities as well as books and journals. You can easily use any online resource  to a GSM Reading List.  If the item is available in print only, you can request a digitisation so that your students can view it online instead.


The GSM Digitisation service will

  • double check that the item can be provided online without breaching copyright;
  • will ensure that the correct copyright notice is attached to the item

Contact to get started with online reading lists. For help with online reading lists, please see our help guide.


To request a digitisation please click here to place your request.  Please do not scan items yourself for use on the VLE. Please use the GSM Digitisation service which will make sure that we are complying with the law and licence conditions.


Using E-Books and E-Journals in reading lists

You can easily use any online resource belonging to GSM Library to a GSM Reading List. You can also link to open access E Journals and E books  - find out more about Open Access books, journals and research in GSM's Guide to getting the most from Free Resources.


Using free web resources in reading lists

You can link to any internet resource as long as that resource does not breach someone else's copyright. For more information about checking what resources you can legitimately link, please see the Guide to getting the most from Free Resources or request a review of your reading list to request library staff check your list.


What can we digitise?

Many of the publications we scan for reading lists  are covered by a licensing scheme operated by the CLA. This means that their rules and guidelines need to be followed when providing scanned articles or book chapters.

The CLA requires that we keep a record of all scans made and that notices are attached to each scan. This means it is important to use the GSM Digitisation service to carry out scanning from books or journals. You should use the link below to use the GSM digitsation service if you wish to add journal articles or book chapters to a reading list or to GSM Learn.

To request a digitisation please click here to place your request.

For more information about what our CLA licence allows us to copy please see the CLA section of this guide. We are also able to scan a certain amount from publications that are not part of the CLA scheme - again please use the GSM Digitisation service to request a scan.