This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Topics covered include:

  • How to make research more accessible
  • The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work
  • Research training for students
  • What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years’ time?
  • The storing and archiving of such research
  • Ethics and methodologies in the field
  • Intercultural issues

The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects.

Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.

Copyright Management Approaches

Copyright management approaches
BrianFitzgerald and DamienO'Brien


This chapter examines the relationship between copyright law and the creation and dissemination of electronic theses and dissertations.

Copyright Law Principles

Copyright is an area of the law known as intellectual property law. It enables the copyright owner to control certain acts (such as the reproduction and the communication to the public of their copyright material) and to prevent others from using copyright material without the copyright owners' permission, through the granting of a group of exclusive rights to the copyright owner, subject to certain conditions and exceptions1. As a result of the increasing move towards standardised intellectual property laws through international organisations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), most countries now have ...

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