Access your Drive files with Google File Stream

With Google Drive File Stream, you can access all all of your Google My Drive and Team Drive files directly from your computer without having to open a browser. You can also select files to make available for offline use for when you don’t have an internet connection.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Windows Explorer named Google Drive File Stream. All of your My Drive and Team Drive files will appear there. You can transfer files between your computer and Drive or browse and organize your Drive files right in Windows Explorer.

The File Stream app also allows you to open files directly within applications like Microsoft Word. When you click File > Open, just browse to the Google File Stream Drive to locate your file.

If you used the old Google Drive Desktop App, you may have received a notification that it would no longer work after May 12, 2018. Google File Stream is a recommended replacement for the Google Drive Desktop App. Another option …

Start borrowing content (a practical look at copyright)

Today's Extension QuickByte is written by the lovely and knowledgeable Kristen Mastel, outreach and instructional librarian with the University Libraries.  

In this week's QuickByte, we'll look at copyright and explore tips for practical use of other's content.


In today's world all it takes is a couple of clicks to copy and paste to enter the world of plagiarism and copyright infringement. Laws around these issues remain ambiguous and unclear, and questions about use must be handled on a case by case basis.  


Copyright is automatically granted at the time a new work is created. Sometimes you may be able to use something because it falls under an exception or exemption to copyright law.  Other times, you may be able to use something because your use fits within fair use, a flexible-but-confusing part of the law that enables many different types of uses under many different conditions.  


There are four factors and the question of transformativeness to consider when you are evaluating a work for fair use.  

  • The purpose and character of the use, including educational or non-profit purposes, or commercial uses.  
  • The nature of the copyrighted work.
  • The amount and "substantiality" of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
  • Transformativeness uses a source work in completely new or unexpected way.
If you are unsure about your use, consider contacting the rights holder, or consulting an attorney. In Extension, you can contact Neil Anderson, copyright contact.

Several non-infringing uses that do not require you to contact the copyright holder exist, including: public domain works, classroom use exemption and Creative Commons.  

Creative Commons licenses allow copyright holders to share works with the public under a variety of preset conditions. If you meet the conditions of the license on a particular work, you can make use of the work without payment or further permission. One must own a copyright in the work in order to grant a Creative Commons license. (

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  1. Review a document or presentation where you used another person's work. If you think your use falls under Fair Use, analyze the relevant issues around the work with the Four Factor Checklist.  
  2. Search the Creative Commons for images, videos, and other content that has been approved for re-use by the author(s) (depending on the license and your intended purpose).