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Information for Faculty and Staff

Questions about Whether Your Course Materials Can be Linked in bCourses?

Many course materials are already available through our library databases and do not need to be purchased in

Help Haas and your students save money by avoiding double-payment of items that are already accessible through library collections. Please share your course reader or syllabus with Nadia Winters, Business Information Specialist, at She will review your reader and check the resources against the library resources. If the items can be accessed from library collections she will share the direct web links, which can be placed in bCourses. Please allow at least 2 full weeks before you need the links to allow Nadia sufficient time to review your syllabus.

Case Studies Available through Library Resources

These items are freely available to UC Berkeley instructors and students, and can be placed as links in bCourses. 

Harvard articles and cases

HBR materials and Harvard case studies cannot be used as course materials, when linked through library resources. To set up HBR articles or HBS cases in bCourses, please contact Loyrisha Aucoin,, who can place the articles in the paid platform

Articles from the Harvard Business Review are available in EBSCO's Business Source Complete.  Due to HBR's strict license agreements, linking to articles from Business Source Complete is not allowed when used for course materials. The restriction includes linking to HBR materials for bCourses websites, and course syllabi. In addition to these restrictions, HBR has developed an HBR 500 list. This is a list of the most popular 500 articles from HBR and these are  "read-only" in Business Source Complete, which means those articles can't be downloaded.

For more Information on HBR's restrictions...

HBR 500: the list of articles restricted to read-only in Business Source Complete.

Please see the statement from the American Library Association's (ALA) Business Reference and User Association's (BRASS) statement on the HBR 500 and the use restrictions. 

Copyright questions? Contact Scholarly Communications. 


News Article Resources

Placing Course Items on Reserve at the Library

Course Reserves in 2022/2023

For Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 the Library will not be providing print reserves (including instructor copies), only electronic reserves through our in-house platform, UC Bears. Please email your list of required books to the E-Reserves team as soon as possible. The deadline for items to placed on reserve for Spring is October 31, 2022. When possible, unlimited e-books will be purchased, but when this isn't possible, the items will be purchased and digitized. Please note that that access to these items may be limited due to copyright restrictions, and should not be used for open-book exams for an entire class. 

The e-reserves platform we used during the Covid-19 campus closure, HathiTrust ETAS, was suspended on August 24, 2021. Learn more about course reserves at UC Berkeley here. 

Copyright and Fair Use in bCourses

For links to digital content, if you use library links in bCourses, you do not have to make any copyright fair use decisions. But if you upload PDFs or copies of the content to your bCourse site, you will need to make a fair use decision. UC has guidance here and you can contact with questions.

Business Information Specialist