This material is drawn from workshops given on the topic at Dartmouth. That is why a copyright owner can grant you permission to use some or all of their work, as long as you give attribution or appropriate citation to that work.
However, there is a growing "open data" movement, and Science Commons is very involved in this.
Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities this PDF document by Kenneth Crews provides an in-depth but accessible discussion of these interrelated issues and questions.
What kinds of questions have you had as you work on your dissertation as a creator of information and and a user of information copyrighted by others?
For example, do you want to include parts of an article you published in a journal in your dissertation? What About the Pro Quest/UMI and Dartmouth Library Digitization Agreements?
Pro Quest’s Pro Quest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database indexes almost all dissertations published in the U. and provides subscription access online to the full text of more recent dissertations.
Pro Quest also sells print copies of dissertations, paying royalties to authors, when they exceed a minimum threshold.What are your rights as an author to your published work -- who actually owns them, and how can you retain more of them?The Dartmouth Authors Publication Amendment helps you retain some rights and covers the NIH requirement: Science Commons Scholar’s Copyright Project Cornell University’s What Faculty Can Do outlines the 3 major options for faculty interested in retaining rights, while granting the necessary rights to a publisher: NIH Public Access Mandate The Springer Open Choice License for example To find out what publisher policies are regarding author rights, search SHERPA Ro MEO by journal title or publisher.If you use any copyrighted material in the dissertation or thesis, it is your responsibility to give full credit to the author and publisher of work quoted.The acknowledgment should be placed in a footnote at the bottom of the first page of the paper or chapter.It’s important that you make an informed decision about providing online access, via Pro Quest and e Commons, to your work.This decision can expand the visibility and impact of your work, but it can also shape the options available to you for publishing subsequent works based on your dissertation.Authors retain copyright in the works they submit to Pro Quest.e Commons is a service of the Cornell University Library that provides long-term, online access to Cornell-related content of enduring value.Pro Quest offers more information about submitting your dissertation for long term archiving and for limited distribution.Dartmouth College Library is currently seeking permission from authors to digitize all Dartmouth Ph.