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Copyright Permissions

When writing your dissertation or thesis you may wish to use third party intellectual content in your dissertation or thesis and may need to request permission to include this content in your manuscript. This page will provide you with a starting point in this process. This process may take time and should not be left to the last minute. Copies of copyright permissions should included in an Appendix at the end of your document. Please redact any sensitive personal information including your phone number, address, email address etc. from the document to ensure your online security.

1. Publishers may provide permissions guidelines outlining the circumstances under which an author may include their published content in a dissertation or thesis on their websites.  In addition, these pages may specify how the work should be cited in a dissertation or thesis.

2. If you need to request permission, the publisher may provide specific avenues to obtain that permission. The process may take one of the following methods: 1) permission templates or forms, 2) a specific email address or 3) a link to an automated service such as Rightslink (used by several STM publishers).

3. To locate this information try searching on the phrases "author's information" or "copyright permission"

Commercial Services

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a pay-per-use, fee-based service, obtains copyright permissions for you.

Identifying the Copyright Holder

If you are unable to identify the copyright holder, the U.S. Copyright Office maintains a database of registered works and documents from January 1, 1978 to the present, click on the Search Records tab from the main page. Note: A fee-based service to conduct the search and produce a report on its findings is available through the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.

Using Previously Published Articles/Chapters in a Thesis or Dissertation

Using your own previously published works: A guide - Explains copyright issues connected with using previously published articles, book chapters, etc in a dissertation or thesis.

1. Always check the publishing agreement you signed first to determine your specific rights for reuse of your content in your dissertation or thesis first.

2. Check the publisher's website for this information. To locate this information, try searching on the phrases "author's information" or "copyright permission"

Sample Copyright Permission Letter

 

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