The IQP is an extraordinary learning opportunity for WPI students. As part of the learning outcomes, students are expected to “… critically identify, utilize, and properly cite information sources, and integrate information from multiple sources to identify appropriate approaches to addressing the project goals.” With IQPs now available electronically for anyone to view, it is critically important that students understand not only what copyright is, but to use information ethically, whether it be text, images, audio, video, etc. wisely and to know when permissions are needed and when materials are free to use.
WPI librarians are committed to promoting access to information while honoring author rights and the legal use of protected information. We hope that you will take advantage of the websites, workshops, classroom instruction, and research guides as well as individualized consultations that Gordon Library offers for the campus community. If students gain some understanding of basic copyright concepts now, they will save themselves valuable time and worry especially when their end of term deadlines approach.
firstname.lastname@example.org – WPI Copyright Committee email list contact for copyright questions