What is Scholarly Communication?
With this Technoproject, you will be participating in the “scholarly conversation.” What does this mean?
(Intro to Scholarly Communication YouTube video)
You will need to observe the conversation happening about your topic very carefully by searching and reading the scholarly literature. This will help you clear up any questions about your topic, understand it’s history, and determine where the gaps in knowledge are.
Helpful Resources for Accessing the Scholarly Conversation (aka, Finding Helpful Background Info)
- Google Scholar: Be sure to log in to your Google account, then change the settings to include W&L under “Library Links”
- Wikipedia: Not a good resource to cite, but a great way to gain a broad overview of a topic. Pro Tip: Check out the references at the bottom!
- Safari Technical Books Online: Great way to gain background information on your topic
- Primo: This W&L Library service allows you to search most of the library resources we own, including books, journal articles, ebooks, encyclopedias, archival material, media resources, and much more.
- Google patents: Search for full text patent content.
Finding and Using Images and Other Media
Be sure to check out the library’s helpful page, Finding and Using Images
Search for Images
Copyright grants authors or other media creators the ability to control the reproduction, publication, adaptation, exhibition, or performance of their works. Creators can transfer these rights to other individuals or organizations.
When you are trying to determine if you can use a work in your project, you should:
- Try to assess if the work is protected by copyright.
- Everything published before 1923 is in the public domain because the term of copyright protection has expired.
- All works created since 1976 receive copyright protection for the life of the author plus 70 years.
- Try the Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States chart created by Peter B. Hirtle to help you determine if a work is in the public domain. Use of this chart, which is hosted at the Cornell Copyright Information Center website, is governed by the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. © 2004-13 Peter B. Hirtle. Last updated 3 January, 2016.
- If a work is copyright protected, assess whether your intended use is allowable under copyright law’s fair use exemptions.
- Fair use is an exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author(s) of creative works. This exception grants people the right to use copyrighted materials in certain limited ways without getting permission from the copyright holder(s).
- The Fair Use Automated Tool created by the University of Minnesota can help you conduct a fair use assessment. This tool is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. © 2010 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
Do you have specific questions about copyright and fair use? Ask Elizabeth Teaff!