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Copyright & Plagiarism: Permission

Key Resources

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources for the topic of copyright and related issues.  On this page, find out how to obtain permission to use copyrighted material.

Resource Recommendation

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Getting Permission

Need to gather permission to use copyrighted material?

You may contact Head Librarian Carrie Meeker for assistance. The Library works closely with the Copyright Clearance Center to obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted content such as journal articles and book chapters for creating coursepacks and placing physical items on library reserves. Click on Copyright Clearance Center for more information about their services.

Creative Commons provides a pool of CC-licensed content that you can freely and legally use.   You can locate hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

If you choose to seek permission on your own, the University of Texas website provides valuable information about how to obtain permission to use a particular work. It also includes a Sample Letter Requesting Permission, and information on what to do if you cannot find the owner for permission.

SHERPA/RoMEO  is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.”  As an academic author putting articles you have published online can be a difficult situation.  The publisher may or may not allow you to post the articles.  Search this database to find out the conditions that may apply.


This guide does not supply legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

Palmer College of Chiropractic is not responsible for the content of the external websites contained in this research guide.  The views and opinions of the authors expressed in these external websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of Palmer College of Chiropractic.