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Copyright and Intellectual Property Toolkit

Here you can find information, resources, and tools to address copyright issues and concerns in research and teaching.

Need to seek permission to re-use copyrighted materials? 

Journal Articles

To request re-use of a journal article or material (such as figures or images) in a journal article, you most often need to request permission from the publisher. Most journal articles have a link on the abstract page that says "Get rights and content" (or similar). See the example image on the left for where this link is typically located.

Clicking this link will take you to a Copyright Clearance Center page where you can input some basic information. This form will generate a price for your re-use and a license statement that you can print out or save for your records. 

You can also watch the video below, which is directed at graduate students working on their ETDs, but which shows the general process for requesting rights and permission.

Books (and excerpts)

Follow the steps for journal articles above for the book in question; however, it is less likely that there will be such a link on a publisher's website for this kind of permissions request. If you do not see a link to "Get Rights and Permissions" on a book's website, then look on the publisher's website for information about "Rights and Permissions". This may be filed under headings like "Customer Service" or even "Terms of Use". Usually there will be a form to fill out and e-mail; occasionally there will be only a phone number or an individual's name to contact. 

Here is an example of a Rights and Permissions page from the publisher John Benjamins. If you need help finding this information for another publisher, Ask Us


It is a common, but incorrect, practice to re-use images found online in journal articles, papers, presentations, and theses. The best practice is to assume, always, that images are subject to copyright and that permission should be gained before using them. Never fear - many images do not need this level of work. Many images are licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows you to re-use them with attribution without asking permission. 

Get Help

If you have questions about requesting permission:


Make an appointment with our Copyright Specialist!


Or send an e-mail to the library using the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible: