Digital Narratives

Course #: DH200


Contact Darin White (contact info at right) for more information, or drop in to the Makerspace (2nd floor library).

Laurier Archives

Library Sources of Digital Content


  • Search Omni
    • Choose "Books and Ebooks" on left-hand side of results
    • Google Books (portions of ebooks are viewable, but often not the entire full text)
    • Internet Archive (includes out of copyright books, government publications, and miscellaneous resources)


    Annual Reports

    Research Materials (link at top)

    Primary Sources

    Style Guide


    Copyright protection (in the form of the Canadian Copyright Act) exists automatically for every work that is created, whether or not it is explicitly stated on the work or marked with the copyright symbol. Copyright applies to all genres and formats, including books and periodicals, computer software, films, music, recordings, works of art, and web sites, whether in print or online. Making copies of copyrighted works requires the permission of the copyright owner.

    There are educational exceptions to this rule, generally under the Fair Dealing exception; research or private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody and satire does not infringe copyright. In any case, you should always cite the source of the work and credit the creator.

    Non-Commercial User Generated Content

    The use of copyright-protected works in a new original copyright-protected work created by an individual, solely for non-commercial purposes, does not infringe copyright. The new work can be disseminated to the public without infringing copyright. The exception applies as long as certain conditions are met:

    • the source is mentioned, if it is reasonable to do so - including the author, performer, maker or broadcaster.
    • the source is (or there is reasonable grounds to believe it is) a non-infringing copy.
    • the use of the work does not have a substantial adverse effect, financial or otherwise, on the existing work - including that the new work does not replace the existing work.

    This exception allows for uses of copyright-protected works in a new context. It is commonly described as the "mashup" or "YouTube" provision as it allows an individual to use samples of copyrighted audio and video in a home video and then post it to the open web without infinging copyright. The provision is not specific to audio and video, and is open ended enough that it could apply in any situation where works are used by an individual in a new work for non-commercial purposes. Students can benefit from this provision as they are able to post multimedia assignments that incorporate copyrighted works to the web.

    See an extensive description of Fair Dealing.