Contributed by Rebecca P. Butler, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Northern Illinois University
Updated 2020 by Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
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Association for Information Media and Equipment, www.aime.org
Butler, R.P. 2004. Copyright for teachers and librarians. New York:Neal-Schuman.
Copyright Clearance Center, https://copyright.com
Creative Commons (2011). https://creativecommons.org [Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.]
U.S. Copyright Office, www.loc.gov/copyright
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Northern Illinois University Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. (2020). Copyright basics for teaching. In Instructional guide for university faculty and teaching assistants. Retrieved from https://www.niu.edu/citl/resources/guides/instructional-guide