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Copyright at Bishop's University: For Students

A guide for faculty, staff, and students

Students and Copyright

As a student at Bishop's University you can use copyright-protected works without getting permission as long as you follow the Fair Dealing provisions set out in the Canadian Copyright Act. Personal copies can be used for your own private study or research, classroom presentations and handouts, and on Moodle.

Please note: Bishop's University is not liable for any infringing copies made or communicated by students, including copies made using University photocopiers and scanners.

What can I copy?

Up to 10% of a printed work or:

  • one single print book chapter
  • one article from a print periodical
  • a print newspaper article
  • an entry from a print reference work (e.g. encyclopedia)
  • an entire image or poem from a print source containing other images or poems

For the overwhelming majority of the Library's databases, you may make print and electronic copies for personal use. Please note that these electronic resources are not covered by fair dealing, but rather by licence agreements with the various publishers and vendors. Please contact a librarian if you have further questions.

For materials found in the Library's electronic databases the following is permitted:

  • link to journal articles and e-books
  • print a single copy of a journal article
  • view a full e-book and print a chapter or up to 10% of the e-book

For other electronic and audiovisual materials the following is permitted:

  • showing a legitimate copy of an audiovisual work in the classroom (no bootleg copies!)
  • playing or performing music in the classroom
  • making a 'mash-up' of published works (provided they are not infringing copies)
  • copying beyond the fair dealing parameters noted above as long as you get permission from the copyright owner first

What is not permitted:

  • copying beyond the fair dealing parameters without permission
  • using an open website to post third-party copyrighted material without permission
  • breaking a 'digital lock' in order to make a copy – even if it would otherwise be a fair dealing copy

Special thanks to Royal Roads University for the use of their Copyright for Students page.

Citation Style Guides

Whether or not a work is copyrighted, you must always be sure to attribute sources to their owners through proper citation. There are numerous citation guides available, either in the library or on the Internet. Here are two of our favourites:

APA Style

MLA Style


From the Bishop's University Academic Calendar:

Plagiarism is a kind of academic dishonesty in which an individual uses the work of another without appropriate acknowledgement. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following practices:

  • Using another’s work without acknowledgement
  • Copying material without quotation marks
  • Paraphrasing too closely the exact words of the originating author
  • Submitting as one’s own work written in whole or in part by another individual.

The following practices related to plagiarism are also prohibited:

  • Helping another student plagiarize
  • Submitting in whole or in part work for which the student has received credit in another course, unless the permission of the instructor has been obtained
  • Submitting any statement of fact known to be false or providing a fabricated reference to a source.