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Copyright Basics: Getting Started

An introduction to the principles of copyright law.

Getting Started

Welcome to the Copyright Basics Guide from the Northwestern University Libraries. This guide covers: 
  • Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • Permissions
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Resources

For More Information

Northwestern University Libraries offer information about copyright law to help you make decisions about how to share and use copyrighted material in your research, learning, and teaching activities, and to help you understand the rights you hold in your own copyrighted work. 
Email the copyright librarian to ask any questions that aren't addressed here, to set up a research consultation, or to set up a presentation or workshop on copyright for your class or group. 
Other university resources: 


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Liz Hamilton
Copyright Librarian

NU Press, Digital Scholarship Services
University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2458

Legal Advice

This guide contains information about copyright law. It is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, please consult an attorney.