Answered By: James Spring (Library Services Unit)
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015     Views: 21

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

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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