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Using Study.Net to distribute copyrighted materials


Study.Net is the company chosen by the Wharton School to manage and deliver copyrighted materials like articles, book chapters, business cases, and similar "coursepack" readings. Wharton Printing manages the use of Study.Net and helps faculty prepare materials for distribution via Study.Net.

Study.Net doesn't require the use of Canvas. However, if you are using Canvas for a particular course that also uses Study.Net, you should instruct your students to access their Study.Net materials via Canvas and not from

You may Assemble your course materials before, during, or after you request a Canvas site, but be aware that there are deadlines for materials submission to Wharton Printing. At the appropriate time, the Courseware Team will automatically make Study.Net materials available from within your Canvas site. 

To distribute non-copyrighted materials like class notes and slides, feel free to use the *Files* tab of your Canvas site. For tips on "what goes where," see Wharton Computing's Course Materials Recommendations guide. Feel free to contact with any questions, and please do not upload the same file to both Canvas and Study.Net.

How does Study.Net work with Canvas?

You will work with Wharton Printing to assemble your course materials. Once your materials are ready to be released, Wharton Printing will make them "visible" at a time you choose. (The Courseware Team does not control this). Soon afterward, the Courseware Team will create a Study.Net link in the Course Navigation (left column) of your Canvas site. We do this automatically and you do not need to request it. Please allow one business day for us to identify your course and to create the link.

Can I link directly to a Study.Net file?

Yes! This is a new feature as of Fall 2015.  Once your Study.Net materials have been released by Wharton Printing and the Study.Net link appears in your Canvas course navigation, look for the Study.Net icon in the Canvas Rich Content Editor.  Please note that links to Study.Net files will not persist from one Canvas site to the next (that is, if you copy a Canvas site and its content, the Study.Net links must be recreated in the new Canvas site). This is because each course pack is unique and specific to the course for which it was created.

Saving your students some money

Certain types of students must pay for access to copyrighted materials in Study.Net, while others are subsidized. With certain articles, a licensed web-based copy may already exist in one of the Lippincott Library's databases. The Lippincott librarians will be happy to help you with linking to articles, both in licensed databases and in publications whose full text is hard to locate from general web searches. Another option is to use Penn Library Course Reserves to distribute materials already in the Library's databases through Canvas. If you choose to use PLCR, email Lippincott Reserves with a complete list of course readings.

What about uploading PDFs into Canvas Files?

The Courseware Team cannot advise on whether or not it is permissible to upload a copy of an article you already have as a file, such as a PDF, and there's nothing built in to Canvas which clears copyright for you. Also, for certain classes of electronic documents, such as Harvard cases, redistribution is expressly forbidden by existing licensing agreements between Penn and the publisher.

For general advice, consult Penn's Policy on Unauthorized Copying of Copyrighted Media; also, the School of Arts and Sciences hosts a site about copyright and digital media in education. If you have specific questions about copyright issues for your materials, please contact Wharton Printing.

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