When academic writing is involved, copyright is not only about protecting one's work, it is also critical to establishing a contribution to further scholarly research. Learning the nuances of copyright law, understanding the relationship between copyright and fair use, and using copyright to advance scholarly opportunities is of utmost value to anyone writing a doctoral dissertation.
Information about copyright is readily available, but in the midst of the dissertation whirlwind, it can quickly become a costly afterthought. After all, the "copyright battles" we typically hear about almost always involve popular design, art, music or film. We do not turn on CourtTV and find a grad student on trial for including protected materials in their dissertation without being granted the proper permission.
Kenneth D. Crews, J.D., Ph.D. touches on this in his manual, "Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities." He points out, "few copyright matters in higher education rise to that level." It can still happen, although it is not the norm.
However, Crews contends that when it comes to research and copyright, there are two basic concepts that are of importance: "respecting copyright...and the process of creating and sharing research," and, "advance planning and strategic choices." Upholding the integrity of research and using a bit of planning to avoid pitfalls are two integral components of copyright.
So, read up on copyright law, understand fair use, and avoid headaches by registering things properly -- got it. It seems pretty clear cut -- until it gets murky. For instance, if an American graduate student has been doing research, and writing a dissertation in China and Japan for two years, and wants to publish the work in the United States, exactly what copyright laws should he/she follow?
Scholarly work and research cross international borders regularly in this digital age. Thus, it has become necessary to understand the ramifications of the Berne Convention, and copyright law exceptions in different countries.
Those in the throes of their dissertation need not worry; not only is copyright information readily available, but it's available from the same folks that have published over 3 million graduate works from graduate schools around the world since 1938.
ProQuest Dissertation and These snow has two links that guide researchers through the intricacies of copyright law.
The aforementioned "Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities," is a manual designed to, "help readers learn and understand copyright issues relevant to doctoral dissertations."
In addition, "Copyright Laws Around the World," provides a summary of international copyright laws, including laws pertaining to the Berne Convention, as well as notable copyright exceptions in various countries.
Addressing copyright issues not only protects the work, but it upholds the integrity of research, and it ensures that the publication can be a significant contribution to the scholarly community. A simple understanding of copyright can empower the author and solidify the worth of their dissertation.
At ProQuest, we are committed to supporting authors by providing broad access to vital work that builds reputations, extends impact, and advances research. Each dissertation and thesis we have published is listed in our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database, through which academic researchers around the world can gain access to your published graduate work.
For more information, visit www.proquest.com/go/dissertations
With Hanukkah and Thanksgiving just a few days away, many of us will soon be giving thanks for all sorts of wonderful gifts in our lives -- like family, friends, and of course, food. One thing that ProQuest is thankful for is the opportunity to present awards to deserving researchers and librarians that have made a positive impact on the academic landscape. Let's take a look at a couple recent recipients of ProQuest awards:
- Seyram Avle is a PhD Candidate in Communications at the University of Michigan. She was recently the winner of the ProQuest Dissertation Writing Award. Learn more about her work here.
- Dr. Suzie Allard at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) was awarded the 2013 Library Journal Teaching Award, cosponsored by ProQuest. This award annually recognizes "one outstanding educator who excels at educating the next generation of librarians." You can read more about Suzie, and the award here.
Congrats to Seyram and Suzie, keep up the great work!
The University of Michigan has a great YouTube channel from the Rackham Graduate School in which professors and students explain the nuances of graduate school in various videos. The academic year is approaching, and many students will be making the transition to graduate school. These videos are designed to offer helpful advice for new students as they prepare to embark on the next phase of their academic careers. Below you can find a link to this YouTube channel, and we encourage you to share it with any current and prospective graduate students that you may know.
In addition, if you know of any other similar videos/channels at your university please feel free to share them with GradShare. We'd be more than happy to promote the videos on GradShare and continue in our efforts to help graduate students succeed.
Jinjin Ma, who received a doctorate degree from the University of Michigan, was a recent winner of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. She received the award from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses in recognition for the work on her dissertation in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Click on the link below to watch a video where she talks about her graduate school experience. ProQuest publishes over 90,000 dissertations each year, so congratulations Dr. Ma, receiving this award was quite an accomplishment.
Please feel free to share this video with your friends and peers!
ProQuest is pleased to announce this years recipient of the Roger K. Summit Scholarship! Below you can find the announcement which was recently posted on ProQuest Discover More Corps:
Congratulations to Allana Mayer, an MLIS student at McGill University in Montreal who is the winner of our $5,000 Roger K. Summit Scholarship! Ms. Mayer is focusing her graduate work on archiving, with plans to apply her skills in art and media-particularly digitization, born-digital content, and the maintenance of archival context for artistic works in digital environments.
Great students usually have great teachers, which leads us to ask: Who will win the $5,000 LJ Teaching Award, co-sponsored by ProQuest? Current students, recent graduates, and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates before September 16, 2013. Read the nomination guidelines here.
The ProQuest Graduate Education Program is pleased to announce the Roger K. Summit Scholarship is once again open to all graduate students studying library and information sciences. From the ProQuest website:
The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by ProQuest, was established to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit, the founder of Dialog, a ProQuest business, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.
The scholarship is open to all LIS students worldwide. The award is the equivalent of US $5,000 and is presented at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference.
Visit here to learn more about this scholarship opportunity, and download a copy of the application.
In celebration of Black History Month, ProQuest is offering FREE ACCESS to the following databases throughout the month of February:
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers - The voice of people, culture, politics and issues in communities that too often received little to no attention from other papers. They give students the complete story with nine full-image titles that are cross-searchable with other ProQuest Historical Newspapers, ProQuest Civil War Era, and with the Black Studies Center. Access it free now .
- Black Studies Center - Start here...for primary and secondary sources for Black or African American studies. It includes the only periodical resource focused exclusively on African and African American studies, two historical Black studies indexes: the Marshall Index to Periodicals and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Index to Black Literature, and the full Chicago Defender newspaper from first issue to 1975. Access it free now .
- ProQuest Civil War Era - Comprehensive full-image primary source materials, previously unavailable digitally, cover a vast range of topics including the formative economic factors and other forces that led to the abolitionist movement and the emancipation of nearly 4 million slaves. Access it free now .
- ProQuest African American Heritage - Groundbreaking digital resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects to a community of research experts. See the video . Access it free now .
We encourage you to take advantage of these databases, and visit here to learn more about ProQuest resources that illuminate the Black Experience.
I wanted to take this opportunity to let our GradShare readers know about another resourceful blog aimed at helping grad students -- Branching Points. The blog is written by Liza Shoenfeld, a "neuroscience grad student at the University of Washington who feels strongly that grad students need to be exposed to more models for successful careers outside of academia."
Liza was generous enough to contact GradShare and share some of her blog posts with us. The posts offer insight into different professional career paths from the perspective of grad student. She also has a series of helpful tips on how to properly conduct informational interviews.
I encourage everyone to visit Branching Points and take a look at Liza's posts; her mission is admirable, as she is truly a grad student that is helping her peers succeed.
Elliott Hauser, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2012 Roger K. Summit Scholarship. The scholarship is named in the honor Dr. Summit, the original founder of Dialog, for his contribution to progress in the field of information science.
Elliott is currently studying information science, and he specifically focused on the problem of data description -- "accounting for the sources, transformation and analyses that data have undergone during the research process." The award was presented to Elliott at the SLA Annual Conference in recognition of his outstanding performance and interest in electronic information services.
ProQuest Vice President of Global Training, Anthea Gotto, noted that "Elliott's research has the potential to change the information services such as ProQuest can support serious researchers and their quests for new knowledge."
To learn more about Elliott and his research click here.