The master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation is typically the first step in becoming part of a community of scholars within a specific discipline. This guide is intended to help graduate students explore and develop a better understanding of various scholarly communication issues, including copyright and fair use, retention of author rights, Open Access publishing, and Creative Commons licensing.
Reading about copyright and the fair use doctrine will help you make ethical and legal decisions about how to incorporate copyrighted content into your work. Understanding your rights as an author, along with Open Access publishing and Creative Commons licensing options, will help you make informed decisions about publishing and distributing your own research and scholarship.
You are encouraged to contact us for further information or for consultation on specific questions pertaining to these issues.