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What kinds of works are covered by copyright?

Copyright protection exists automatically for every work that is created, whether or not it is explicitly stated on the work or marked with the copyright symbol.

In Canada, copyright protection generally remains in effect until fifty years after the death of the author or creator. Once copyright has expired, the material is considered to be in the public domain.

How do I find primary sources?

  • Primary sources are accounts of an event created at the same time or around the same time as the event, for example: diaries, newspaper articles, speeches, data, photographs, interviews.
  • In the sciences, primary research refers to the publication of original research based on experiments, data collection, surveys or other research methods.

How do I get access to the full-text of articles?

  • Search Omni
    • Sign in to get full access
    • Search for your topic
    • Click “Available online” in the left-hand menu under “Availability”
    • Next look for the links under “View Online” to get full text access
  • Journal Article Databases

How do I find articles from scholarly peer-reviewed journals?

  • Articles in scholarly journals typically go through a peer-review process.
    When a researcher submits an article for publication in a scholarly journal, it is reviewed by peers in the same subject area (an editorial board) to determine whether it is a high-quality piece of work. Scholarly journals always cite their sources in the form of footnotes, endnotes or reference lists.
  • Search Omni

How do I find books, videos and other library content?

  • Use Omni, the library’s online catalogue 
  • Use the “Resource Type” heading in the left-hand menu to narrow your search to specific resource types like videos or books.