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You can typically find copyright information on the copyright page in the front matter of books and on website/database/publisher terms and conditions, about, terms of use, etc. pages.

Search the  Copyright Clearance Center

Search the  U.S. Copyright Office Catalog for, "Works registered and documents recorded by the U.S. Copyright Office since January 1, 1978." However, it is not necessary to register with the copyright office therefore not all copyright protected works will be included in their catalog.

Copyright policies for licensed databases



EBSCO is not the copyright holder on the articles included in their databases. Their guideline mirrors that of fair use: "Generally, it is acceptable to use one article per issue and to put it on electronic reserve for only one semester. Using more than one article per issue, or using an article for more than one semester, would require permission from the publisher."

 An example of the copyright notice on articles in EBSCO databases:




Taylor & Francis

"We are the owner or the licensee of all copyright, trademarks, design rights, database rights, confidential information, or any other intellectual property rights (together the "Intellectual Property") in the Site, the content and the Materials."

"You may link to our home page, a journal home page or an article page using the sharing tools provided by Us provided you do so for non-commercial purposes and in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval, or endorsement on our part where none exists or in a way that makes material or content available to a third party who would not otherwise have free access to it (for example, by making subscription-only content freely available to a non-subscriber)." - Terms of Use