Skip to main content

Copyright and Fair Use: Researching Copyright

Researching Copyright

Depending on the types of items (books, articles, films, sound recordings, archival materials, etc.), determining the copyright holder may be very straightforward, or it may be very complex. The resources below are intended to help you in determining who may hold the copyright to items you plan to use in your research and/or teaching.

Copyright Terms and the Public Domain in the United States

Creative Commons Licenses

According to their website, "Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools." The site provides free copyright licenses that enable copyright holders to "give the public permission to share and use [their] creative work — on conditions of [their] choice."

To read more about Creative Commons licenses and how they work, visit the links below.

Forms and Factsheets

FAQ about Copyright

Library Contacts

If you would like assistance determining the copyright status of a resource, please contact please contact Allison Keaney:

Allison Keaney
Open Access Systems and Services Librarian

Need Help? Contact us!

In accordance with best practices to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the library is closed until it is safe to reopen.

While there is no physical access to the library, librarians continue to work full-time, remotely.

  Phone, chat, and email are monitored Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Students who wish to meet virtually with a reference librarian can make an appointment using LibCal. Librarians offer convenient meeting times and will be using ZOOM for the virtual meeting. If you do not see a convenient time in the LibCal schedule, please email a librarian directly to schedule an appointment.

 Text us at 508.709.0223

  Call The Desk at 508.565.1313

  Email us  

 Make a Virtual Reference appointment

Login to LibApps Noice of Web Accessibility