Using copyrighted material in your thesis

Secure written permission of the copyright owner(s) if you use material that is copyright protected in your thesis. Copyrighted material may include images, tables, drawings, photographs, figures, maps, graphs, sound files, video material, data sets, large portions of text, etc. Submit correspondence/permissions from the copyright holder granting you use with your thesis.

If you do not secure copyright permissions by the time your thesis is submitted, public access to and/or e-posting of your thesis may be affected.

Contacting the copyright owner
You may need to request permission to reprint/reproduce copyrighted material from an author, publisher, or repository (library, archive or museum), depending on who owns the rights. Write to the copyright holder(s) well in advance, describing exactly which item(s) you are reproducing and how they will be used in your thesis. If you are planning on granting e-access to your thesis, please state this when you contact the copyright holder.

Using images
If you are using images of material held in a private or museum collection, contact the individual or museum. This is true even if you took the photograph of an object in a private or museum collection; you own the copyright to your photograph, but the museum or artist may still control rights to the object.

Using interviews
The interviewee in an oral history owns the copyright to his/her interview. Therefore, if you are conducting oral history interviews as part of your thesis please obtain a signed release form for each interviewee allowing you to use the interview and publish portions of it in your thesis. Sample release forms are available from the College Archives.

More information
Cite copyrighted material correctly. See the Libraries' Citation Guide for information.

See the Libraries' copyright site for more information regarding copyright.

For information about fair use see the U.S. Copyright Office website. To search the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Index, visit this site.