Graduate Students

Steely Library encourages graduate students to take advantage of our resources, to make the most of your academic education as well as to develop your information literacy skills as you become a lifelong learner.

Copyright and Fair Use for Thesis Preparation

Your graduate research work (such as a thesis) is copyright protected as soon as you create it in a tangible format. Inserting information by other authors in your thesis may qualify as Fair Use. In some cases to avoid copyright infringement, your information use may require permission from the copyright holder. Copyright infringement and plagiarism are different issues. Depending on whether or not your graduate work is commercially published and how much of another’s copyrighted work is cited, it is helpful to review Fair Use guidelines and copyright information provided here by ProQuest/UMI.

Copyright Law & Graduate Research by Kenneth Crews

Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis (.pdf)

Submitting Your Dissertation or Thesis to UMI

Graduate Students Online Library Orientation

This online orientation introduces graduate students to resources and services from W. Frank Steely Library.  It will take approximately 15 minutes to view all the videos on this page.

Start Here!

How to Find Articles in Steely Databases

How to Find Dissertations and Theses

How to Find Books at Steely and Beyond

Additional Research Resources at Steely Library

Connect directly to the Research Guides, SourceFinder or RefWorks.  In addition, connect to a more in-depth tutorial on RefWorks.

Take a Virtual Tour of Steely Library

The videos above emphasized online access to our resources.  If you’re interested in visiting Steely Library, this virtual tour highlights the layout of the library and resources available within the physical building.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457