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Copyright Tools

If you are using someone else's copyrighted work in your thesis, you may need to obtain permission to reuse that material, unless it is considered "fair use." Even if you are the author of your previously published work, you may have transferred the copyright to the publisher. The Thesis Office cannot advise you on what is considered fair use or what material requires permission from the copyright owner to include in your thesis. However, you may find the following resources useful as you make that determination. Please read the Graduate College's statement on the use of previously copyrighted material in a thesis and the responsibility of students to exercise sound authorship practices.

Reference Guides from the University of Illinois Library

Fair Use Tools

Sample Permission Request Letter

Copyright Resources

Copyright FAQ

  • The Thesis Office FAQ page contains additional information about the copyright of your thesis, including who owns the copyright to your thesis, options for registering your copyright, and more.