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A Guide to Art & Design Resources

A guide to research in Art and Design resources

The Open Scholarship repository is a service of the WU Libraries to provide free access to the scholarly output of faculty, staff and students from Washington University in St. Louis. Browse the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts Open Scholarship Collections.

Including copyrighted images in your online thesis?

Including copyrighted images in your online thesis?

Please see #6 of the VRA Statement on the Fair Use of Images (pp.11-12) and contact Micah Zeller, Copyright and Digital Access Librarian, if you have questions or concerns.

The six uses of copyrighted still images that the VRA believes fall within the U.S. doctrine of fair use:

1) Preservation (storing images for repeated use in a teaching context and transferring images to new formats);
2) Use of Images for Teaching Purposes;
3) Use of Images (both large, high-resolution images and thumbnails) on course websites and in other online study materials;
4) Adaptations of Images for Teaching and Classroom Work by Students;
5) Sharing Images Among Educational and Cultural Institutions to Facilitate Teaching and Study; and
6) Reproduction of Images in Theses and Dissertations

#6 PRINCIPLE and SUGGESTIONS for Reproduction of Images in Theses and Dissertations (p.11):

Citing Images - Chicago

Chicago Manual of Style (online)

In text

A caption may consist of a word or two, an incomplete or a complete sentence, several sentences, or a combination. There is no standard format. The goal is to identify the image, credit the creator and provide source information. 

Figure 1. Dorothea Lange, “Black Maria” police van, 1957


The Open Scholarship Reproduction and Distribution Consent Agreement

Predatory Publishers

Predatory Publishers, How not to publish your thesis or dissertation?

In July 2013, we had a question from an author of a WUSTL thesis in Open Scholarship Electronic Theses and Dissertations. She reported receiving a series of emails from LAP Lambert Academic Publishing offering to publish her thesis. The wording of the emails was almost identical to the quotes from this May 2013 blog post, The Lure of Lambert Academic Publishing. This is a tempting offer since many graduate students hope eventually to publish their work in book form with a publisher that will contribute to their scholarly reputation.

Scholarly publishing, peer review, and assessment of scholarship are changing areas. There may be reasons to use such a publisher, but there are clear reasons to look critically at such offers. You are already distributing your work with Open Scholarship without signing over your author rights to a publisher. Ask your mentors and do some research before you entrust your hard work to a publisher which may not further your scholarly goals.

-Ruth Lewis, Scholarly Communications Coordinator, Washington University Libraries.