This guide provides a basic overview of copyright law, fair use, copyright for instructors, and other copyright related resources.

Copyright & Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation [ETD]

As the author of a completed thesis or dissertation, you automatically own the copyright. Below are several resources that will help you learn more about your rights and responsibilities. 

Using Previously Published Materials in your ETD

Often, graduate students publish articles before obtaining their degree and would like to use their published materials in their ETD. However, before you can include your published work in your ETD, you must check the terms of your publishing agreement. Many publishers require authors to transfer copyright, meaning that the author no longer retains any rights to use their work. If this is the case, then you will need to request permission from your publisher. 

The University of South Florida Libraries has created a useful guide to help students navigate how to obtain the necessary permissions to republish their work.

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The materials and information on this guide are intended for informational purposes only. CSU Libraries make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Please consult the University's Office of the General Counsel or your own attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.


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