Frequently Asked Questions


You ask! The Copyright Advisory Office does provide a service for getting permission to use copyrighted materials in your class. See our Clearance and Permissions services website for more information.  If you want to request permission for other...

The copyright laws in the U.S. and Canada are different. For example, the U.S. has a provision known as ‘fair use’ which is different from the Canadian equivalent (‘fair dealing’). If you are from the U.S. or are collaborating with a U.S....

Copyright is recognized internationally thanks to international conventions. So, generally, your copyright will be protected in other countries. In other countries, your copyright will be protected under that country’s laws so there may be some...

“Public domain” refers to works in which copyright has expired or where the copyright owner has made a clear declaration that they will not assert copyright in the work.

For example, although the copyright in Shakespeare’s plays expired...

Course Reserves

The Library offers a reserve service. If you would like to learn more about this service, please contact either:

The library staff at the appropriate circulation desk; or The subject liaison librarian assigned to your department.


Course Reserves are listed in the library catalogue: Course Reserves for Students.

Databases, Journals, Articles

While on campus, access to Queen's resources is available to all users. Off-campus, access to Queen's resources is available to users who configure their Google Scholar Preferences as follows:

In Google Scholar, select Settings icon Select...

Get It @ Queen's helps you locate full-text versions of articles, books, and other library resources. It links citations (in research databases, on the web) to full-text articles, the Library Catalogue, or other related Library services.

If you experience difficulties accessing a research database:

Consult our Connect from Off-Campus information page If you have problems with your NetID or password: ITS NetID Help If you have problems accessing a specific database: Ask Us

Print, Scan, Copy

To use the Library's printing stations, you will need access to the PrintQ system.