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Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: Use of Library Materials in Courses

This guide describes the issues surrounding intellectual property, copyright, academic integrity, and plagiarism.

Open Licensing

Sources You Can Use

  • Resources from the library collection are free for re-use by our students and faculty as we have already paid for a university-wide license.  Just check the library site to make sure we have it.
  • Resources that are free on the web must be checked for a copyright holder to determine if it is in the public domain, has a creative commons license, or needs permission.  You can seek permission by contacting the author of the webpage if that is the copyright holder--or contact the website sponsor.
  • Published articles you obtain through inter-library loan are usually considered educational fair use if you use them for an individual class and post only for your class through Moodle. 
  • Read Owl at Purdue on Fair Use    Owl itself is a good example.  At the bottom of the page the authors from the Purdue Writing Center provide instructions for those who want to print, use handouts, or link to their materials and they make it easy.
  •  Ask an NJIT Research Librarian for help in evaluating or finding free resources.

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