Beyond Google : authoritative sources for locating copyright holders


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Beyond Google : authoritative sources for locating copyright holders
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Conference Poster
Mariner, Matthew
Benson, Dina
United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association
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Quincy, Ma.
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For retrospective projects that rely on attainment of permission to digitize or promote author-owned objects, the seemingly simple task of finding authors can be tedious and often fruitless. Electronic theses and dissertations, projects-in-lieu-of-theses, and even unpublished class projects are all genres whose authors are notoriously unreachable. To complete the projects centering on these genres, however, these authors must be reached, or, at least, due diligence in attempting to do so must be documented. A Google search is often enough to find an individual with an active internet presence, but many other tools are needed to divulge the statuses and contact information for persons who may not be so visible. Tools like LinkedIn, and Facebook are similarly helpful in finding authors who maintain their accounts, but can be misleading, as an account-holder with either service may not necessarily update regularly. It is wise to search the aforementioned services first, as they can quickly be ruled out with minimal labor. The next step is to infer the possible career of the author (e.g. architect) and target professional organizations to which they belong, as many such member-supported groups maintain active lists of constituents. Furthermore, licensing entities like a state’s department of professional regulation often maintain publicly accessible databases of licensed professionals as well as their most current contact information. These lesser-known tools and many others have proved effective in finding authors who are, at first attempt, unfindable.
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Presented as part of USETDA 2012 Conference.

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University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
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