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The Sainsbury Library: Key Business Resources: Copyright for Personal Research

Subjects: Business, Management

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bodleian Libraries have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with sections that are applicable to all University members, University staff, students and special materials. The FAQs can be accessed here.

Copyright for Personal Research

What can I copy?

Fair dealing is the term that is used to describe the amounts that are allowed to be copied without infringing copyright.

For the purposes of private study or research the amounts can be photocopied or scanned under the principle of fair dealing are:

  • one whole chapter from a book

  • one whole article from a journal issue

  • a short story or poem (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology

  • one whole paper from a set of conference proceedings

  • one whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings or 5% of any of the above, whichever is the greater


Materials that have been copied or scanned should be retained for personal use only and not distributed to other persons. Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder before photocopying or scanning larger amounts than the above.


The UK Copyright Service guide Understanding Fair Use contains further information about Fair Dealing: