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Keeping Track of Linked Content

A good way to avoid copyright infringement issues when using someone else’s content is to link to it rather than posting the file. However, anything that is hosted on a server that you do not control can be moved, changed, or deleted without warning. To avoid emails from panicked students about broken links, consider using the following strategies when creating your course:  

  1. Try to find links and content from reputable, well-established websites. When linking to content, consider the source. An organization like the New York Times keeps detailed archives and makes a point of redirecting addresses when its pages move; forums and social aggregation sites allow users to delete content at any time. As a rule, primary sources are more stable than copies on other websites.
  2. Create a list of linked content for reference later. Whether you’re changing textbooks or just freshening up examples, you’ll be glad that you know exactly where in your course to check for links.
  3. Check your links each time you teach the course. You should review your site each semester to fix errors and make small revisions. Making sure your links and embedded content load correctly is another good habit that can help you avoid last minute problems with your website.