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To find a journal, magazine, or newspaper article in the most popular databases in your subject area, enter your search term(s) and choose a subject from the pull-down menu. To view a complete list of indexes and databases available at Rutgers, click on View all databases. For more information see "How Do I Find an Article?"

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To find a print or electronic journal in the Rutgers collections, enter its title or keywords in the title and select the appropriate search type in the pull-down menu. For more information, see "How Do I Find a Journal?"

To find a list of books, textbooks, and electronic articles placed on course reserve by your instructor, enter your instructor's last name and search. You can also use the pull-down menu to search by course title or number.

Copyright and Licensing


Rutgers University Libraries is here to help! Services currently offered and in progress include:

  • A copyright website that provides guidance on copyright and licensing in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity at Rutgers. The website includes practical information on issues frequently encountered by faculty, students, staff, and librarians. It serves as a university-wide educational tool on Rutgers policy and practice for creating and using copyrighted works.
  • A university-wide copyright education program including workshops on copyright basics, copyright and licensing issues in academic research and publication, teaching, current trends and legal challenges, and copyright issues specific to scholarly disciplines.
  • Individual copyright queries and consultations for Rutgers faculty, students, staff, and departments.
  • Support to project managers and strategic collaborators in the digitization initiatives undertaken by Rutgers University Libraries to enhance access to library collections digitally. This entails a legal assessment on each project proposal.
  • Support for Rutgers initiatives involving open access to scholarly publications and on open data deposit and other evolving scholarly communication issues.


Please contact the copyright and licensing librarian with copyright-related questions and to request educational workshops and consultations:

Janice T. Pilch, Copyright and Licensing Librarian, janice.pilch@rutgers.edu

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Rutgers University is dedicated to the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge and ideas through research, teaching, and service. Through its copyright policy, Rutgers seeks to create an environment in which its members will realize this worthy purpose.

Understanding how to use copyrighted works in research, scholarship, and teaching and how to manage one’s own copyrighted works is a fundamental part of university activity. Knowledge of copyright and other intellectual property issues allows us to make socially beneficial and innovative uses of digital technology and is key to advancing global digital scholarship, online education, and information sharing. Rutgers University Libraries provides support to faculty, students, and staff in achieving these goals.

The Rutgers University Website on Copyright for Faculty, Students, and Staff

The Rutgers University Website on Copyright for Faculty, Students, and Staff provides guidance on Rutgers policy and practice for using copyrighted works in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity.

In the digital environment, it is also important to know when a license applies to works we wish to use. For many types of digital works, a license governs the terms and conditions under which we can make use of a work. Licenses are governed by contract law. It’s important to understand the difference between works governed directly by copyright law and those governed by licenses.

In today’s information environment, everyone needs a basic understanding of how copyright law and licensing work. Copyright underlies our daily activity at the university.

Visit the website at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/copyright.

Copyright issues in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity

Copyright and licensing issues arise in many areas of research, scholarship, and teaching, including:

  • Theses and dissertations
  • Scholarly publications
  • Traditional publishing and open access
  • Instructional materials for the classroom and for online courses
  • Student projects
  • Showing and streaming films on campus
  • Local oral history initiatives
  • Websites and social media sites
  • Digitization initiatives
  • Archiving of scholarly publications and data in the Rutgers Community Repository, RUcore.

Common copyright questions

Faculty, staff, and students often have questions such as:

  • How do I know who holds the copyright in a work?
  • How do I know if a work is in the public domain?
  • How may I use copyrighted text and images in my dissertation?
  • Is it a fair use to include previously published images in my scholarly article or book?
  • How does fair use apply to use of copyrighted works in classroom and online teaching?
  • How do I obtain permissions from rightsholders? Do I need to?
  • How should I handle international works in research and publication?
  • How can I retain my copyright when signing a publication agreement?
  • What are the open access options for publishing dissertations, scholarly articles, and books?
  • May I stream audiovisual works in a university course management system?
  • May I use and cite photographs taken from Google Images in my project?
  • May an instructor require students to place their coursework or theses on open access platforms for public display?