Answered By: James Spring (Library Services Unit)
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015     Views: 14

Great question! While all copyright decisions should be made by the person doing the copying (or her/his lawyer), making a copy of a dissertation for your research, as you describe it, can constitute “fair use”. For information about copyright, including links to fair use guidelines, please see http://lib.guides.umd.edu/content.php?pid=197882&sid=1655342.

In addition, many theses and dissertations especially from 1997 to roughly the present can be found by searching Proquest Dissertations & Theses Full Text database. 

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