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Monash Health policy​:

All Monash Health employees should refer to PROMPT for the Monash Health Intellectual Property policy, the Information Technology User Responsibilities document and related procedures.

Copyright tips:

  • Share articles directly from the Read by QXMD mobile app - to social media or by email to your colleagues - without breaching copyright.
  • To add a copyright symbol to your document (e.g. © 2020 Monash Health Library) press Ctrl + Alt + C. While the copyright symbol is not necessary to secure copyright, it alerts readers that copyright is claimed in your work.
  • The duration of copyright is generally 70 years after the year of publication.

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Rules to remember:

  • Always attribute when referring to another creators work
  • Link or refer to original material - do not re-reproduce
  • Do not link to infringing material
  • If in doubt seek written consent from the copyright owner

Copyright and Creative Commons for Researchers

The below video has been created by the Monash Health library to provide an overview of the Australia Copyright framework and use of Creative Commons. Watch this 7 minute video for a quick introduction to how copyright works, key concepts under the copyright regime, new developments and Creative Commons licensing.

Libraries are able to supply you with copies of material under exceptions in the Act related to libraries, research, study, education and professional advice. We supply this material within the following limits:

  • One chapter or 10% of a book (whichever is greater)
  • One article from a journal issue, or more than one if the articles are on the same topic.

Whilst using library resources, computers, scanners and photocopies you may also copy/scan within the same limits - one chapter of a book or 10% of the work, whichever is greater.

Requesting copies from the library

To request copies of material from the library, such as journal articles or book chapters, complete our online request form:

Monash Health Library - Request an article or a book

This form contains the following copyright declaration, which we require before we can copy on your behalf: 

Copyright declaration in pursuance of section 49 of the Copyright Act 1968. In submitting this request I declare this article is required for the purpose of research or study and will not be used for any other purpose. I have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same article by an authorised officer of the library.

Using Images

  • All images must be verified as licensed.
  • Attribute to the original creator/photographer and source.
  • If you cannot verify the source of an image, it should not be used.
  • Don’t trust online licenses unless the image was posted by the original photographer or creator.
  • If you cannot find a suitable licensed free image, pay for stock photography.

Sources for images

Reverse image search

TinEye is a reverse image search engine that will help you verify the sources of images. It allows you to sort results by date so that you can find the oldest version of an image online.

Google Image Search also has a reverse image search capability, however it is not as strong as TinEye and does not verify if someone illegally posted an image with a license that they did not have permission to use.

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation and platform that provides creators with options to share their work so others may re-use it and build on the creativity. The system relies on a system Creative Commons licences. 


  • When using Creative Commons material always attribute the author regardless of licecne and state the title of the work.
  • Provide information about where the original work is hosted, or a direct link.

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Monash Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples, and we pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.

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