This is the "General Copyright Info" page of the "Copyright" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content


Last Updated: Nov 3, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

General Copyright Info Print Page

Need More Information?

  1. Call Library staff ext. 44566
  2. Search Library Catalog for additional books on this topic.



Getting Permission to Use Journal Articles or Books

In order to use a journal article, you need to get permission from the copyright holder, usually the journal publisher.

In order to use a book or book chapter, etc., you need to get permission from the copyright holder, usually the book publisher.

Click here for more detailed information on seeking copyright permissions.


Sample Copyright Permission Letter for Articles or Books

General Copyright Websites

  • Basics of Getting Permission
    Outlines the basic steps for obtaining copyright permission. Subsequent chapters provide more detailed information about this process for each type of permission you may be seeking, whether for text, photographs, music, or artwork. Includes website permissions & permission tools - licenses & releases.
  • Connecting to Other Websites
    Do you need permission to link to another website? Good overview of linking, framing, linking agreements, etc.
  • Copyright and Fair Use
    Copyright overview; fair use; public domain; permissions, etc., from Stanford University.
  • Copyright Guide (University of Missouri Kansas City)
    Detailed guide covering classroom guidelines; media in the classroom; TEACH Act; E-reserves, Blackboard & coursepacks; attribution & plagiarism; software; best practices, etc.
  • Copyright in General
    Excellent site from Columbia University. Includes general information; fair use; copyright ownership; requesting permissions; permissions forms; libraries & copyright; Google settlement, etc.
  • Copyright Protection Digital Tool (Copyright Slider)
    Simple tool to help determine if a work is subject to copyright restrictions or is in the public domain & not subject to copyright.
  • Copyright Term & the Public Domain in the U.S.
    Very nice detailed chart showing exactly what works are considered in the public domain - no restrictions on use
  • U.S. Copyright Office
    Official U.S. government website. Includes copyright basics; FAQs; registration, law & policy; online publications & forms, etc.

Selected Copyright Books in the Health Sciences Library

Find additional books on this topic in the Library Catalog.

Cover Art
Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals - Rebecca P. Butler
Call Number: KF 2995 B875 2014
ISBN: 9780838912140
A handbook on copyright law for college & university librarians, faculty, technology specialists and more who work in higher education environments. Includes current practical applications of copyright law, such as for internet; DVDs, video streaming, & on demand; television; computer & gaming software, handheld applications & mobile technologies; music; multimedia; print works; & distance learning. Book matches real-world scenarios with interpretations of the law from copyright experts in the field.

Cover Art
Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions - Kenneth D. Crews
Call Number: KF 2995 C74 2012
3rd edition

Cover Art
Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians - Carrie Russell, editor
Call Number: Z 642 C7375 2004

Cover Art
Copyright in Cyberspace: Questions and Answers for Librarians - Gretchen McCord Hoffmann
Call Number: Z 642 H711c 2001

Reference Librarian

Profile Image
Roger Swartzbaugh
Contact Info
St. John's Hospital
Health Sciences Library
800 E. Carpenter St.
Springfield, IL 62769
Text: 217-280-4582
Phone: 217-544-6464 ext 44566
Fax: 217-525-2895
Send Email

Loading  Loading...