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Theses and Dissertations Guide: Copyright Considerations

Everything you need to know about submitting a thesis or dissertation at the University of Dayton.

Plagiarism at UD

According to the University of Dayton, plagiarism is defined as follows:


“Quoting directly from any source of material--including other students' work and materials purchased from research consultants--without appropriately citing the source and identifying the quoted material; knowingly citing an incorrect source; using ideas (i.e., material other than information that is common knowledge) from any source of material--including other students' work and materials purchased from research consultants--without citing the source and identifying the borrowed material.”

More Resources

For more information about academic integrity at UD see the following guide:

Why Is Copyright Important?

The author of a thesis or dissertation is fully responsible for the use of any copyrighted material in the manuscript. All quoted and paraphrased material must be properly cited. 

 Generally, permission to use copyrighted material should be sought when a direct quotation of more than 150 words or an illustration is used.  Permission is sought from the author or publisher holding the copyright.  Generally, permission is granted on condition that proper acknowledgement is made.  In some cases, copyright holders require payment.  Necessary clearance for copyrighted material must be obtained before final submission of the thesis or dissertation.

FYI--The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI, BDI-II) and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) are examples of copyrighted materials that may not be included in their entirety in an electronic thesis or dissertation.

Copyright Resources

Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis (Source: Proquest/UMI) 

Copyright Law & Graduate Research : New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation by Kenneth D. Crews (Source: Proquest/UMI)

Copyright Information for Authors, Researchers, and Scholars (Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

US Copyright Office

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It (Source: Indiana University-Bloomington)

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