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Copyright Guidelines for Students: For Graduate Students

Helpful Resources

It's best to check with your instructor or advisor if you have a specific copyright question. Some basic guidelines to follow when using material you did not create:

  • Limit the use of content in your presentation to the shortest amount needed to make your point. Always give credit to the creator of the content.
  • Always get permission from the copyright holder before you reproduce items like survey instruments in the appendix of your thesis; if you can't get permission do not use the content.

Here are some selected resources that focus on navigating copyright law when writing your thesis or capstone project:

Copyright Essentials for Graduate Students (courtesy of the University of Virginia)

Copyright at American University (has a good FAQ section)

Use the library's thesis approval form to make your work available in TOPCAT, the online database of the library.