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Copyright & student research

When undertaking research, students can rely on fair dealing for research or study to copy limited amounts of copyright material for their own personal use or for assessment without infringing copyright. Generally, you are limited to copying up to 10% of the words or one chapter per book, or one article per journal issue as outlined in the text and graphic works copying limits. For example, you might copy content as pre-reading in preparation for a paper, or for general reading to maintain current awareness in your area of study. You cannot rely on fair dealing for research or study to make a copy for another person.

The Curtin learning materials you are provided with (e.g. lecture slides, tutorial worksheets, exam questions, etc.) are the copyright of the University.

Items in Reading Lists are often the copyright of a publisher or another third party.

You are not permitted to share learning materials or Reading Lists content beyond Curtin; you must not provide them to non-Curtin staff and students, or make them available on third party websites. To learn more about the copyright implications of using online platforms to share learning materials refer to our information sheet on Copyright and Study Help Sites. Students found sharing Curtin content may be referred to the Office of Academic Integrity.

If you want to do text and data mining of the material, we recommend you contact Library Help for more guidance as this activity might be considered a breach of the licence from the content provider, and some of the databases have specific protocols in place for this activity (for example providing APIs for this purpose).

More information for HDRs can be found at the Copyright for HDR Students section of the Research page.