You are here

Browse and search FAQs

  • For more information about authors' rights, copyright transfer agreements and negotiating with publishers, see Scholarly Publishing or the Research Commons Writing & Publishing Resources.

  • Registration priority

    Demand for Research Commons workshops is high, and we give priority to current SFU faculty, staff, and students.

    However if spaces remain in the days leading up to the event, we can often permit those currently unaffiliated with SFU to attend.  

    Wait list for researchers not currently affiliated with SFU

    If you are not a current SFU faculty member, staff member, or student and would like to attend a Research Commons workshop, get in touch. We will add you to a wait list and contact you if a last-minute spot opens up. 

    To be added to a wait list, please email with the name of the workshop you are interested in, and your full name and contact email.


    Note: this policy does not extend to workshops offered by the Student Learning Commons.


  • Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, emeriti and adjunct faculty may use the ILL service.

    Alumni and External Borrowers are not eligible for Interlibary Loans services.

    For more information about Interlibrary Loan see Request items from other libraries.

  • If you have any questions about copyright, or would like to schedule a copyright workshop for your department, please see the Copyright at SFU: Ask Us page or contact the Copyright Office (

  • As authors, students hold copyright of their theses. See Copyright at SFU for more information.

  • Everyone. Faculty, staff and students should always seek to comply with the Copyright Act as a best practice of academic professionalism. You are only permitted to make lawful copies of works, and use works in lawful ways. Failure to comply with the Copyright Act could lead to personal liability, as well as liability for the University. Ensure that you use copyright protected materials appropriately. Advise students and colleagues to use copyright protected materials appropriately. Contact the Copyright Officer if you have questions.

  • Dr. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was the architect of independent India's constitution, a champion for human and civil rights, a renowned scholar, and the restorer of Buddhism in India. Born a member of the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community, Ambedkar overcame prejudice and systemic barriers to obtain a doctorate, and eventually an honorary doctorate for his accomplishments as a social reformer. The Ambedkar association is a consciousness-raising organization for the Dalit community.

    Through the SFU Institute for the Humanities, the University and the Library have been honoured with the placing of a bust of Dr. BR Ambedkar in the 3rd floor lounge area of the WAC Bennett Library. SFU joins Columbia University and the London School of Economics to be honoured in this way.

  • Usually, the creator of a work (e.g., one who writes a book, magazine or newspaper article, play, poem, song lyrics or other writings, takes a photograph or makes a film, draws a map, or creates a painting, drawing, or sketch) is the first owner of the copyright in that work. However, ownership of copyright may be transferred in some cases, for example to a publisher. Copyright also applies to other subject matter, including sound recordings, performances and communication signals. Owning a copy of a work (e.g. a DVD or a book) does not mean that you own copyright in that work. Additionally, if material was created in the course of employment - unless there is an agreement to the contrary - the employer owns the copyright. Similarly, if a work has been commissioned the copyright will belong to the person or entity that commissioned the work.

    There are exceptions built into the Copyright Act which balance the copyright owner's interests with the public interest in allowing use of works for purposes like research and education, such as fair dealing.

  • Generally, the creator of a work owns copyright in that work unless it has been assigned to another entity, such as a publisher or other person. However, if the work was created in the course of employment, the employer may own the copyright.  

    SFU Policy R30.03 Intellectual Property Policy describes how the University manages the intellectual property rights of members of the university community who create works in a scholarly, professional or student capacity. Members include employees, students, post-doctoral fellows and research grant employees affiliated with the University and who use facilities, resources or funds administered by the University in the course of University-related research and other creative activities. 

    Simon Fraser University faculty and non-faculty staff own copyright in their own scholarly works, including research information and teaching materials. In some cases, an employee's contract may specify a different copyright ownership arrangement. Undergraduate students retain copyright in all works created during their course of study. Graduate students retain copyright in their own works (including theses) unless a research contract in support of the student’s work stipulates otherwise.

  • SFU's W.A.C. Bennett Library is named for the longest-serving premier in BC history. Born in New Brunswick in 1900, William Andrew Cecil Bennett began his BC career as a successful hardware merchant in Kelowna. First active in the provincial Conservative Party, he joined the Social Credit Party in 1951, and became its leader after a surprise election victory in 1952. During his 20 year term as premier, the province saw rapid economic growth and the ambitious expansion of highways, hydro dams, railways, ferry service and post-secondary institutions, SFU among them. After winning re-election 6 times in campaigns against the "godless socialists" of the CCF-NDP (his term), Bennett resigned his leadership a year after his party was defeated by the NDP in 1972. His son Bill Bennett assumed the leadership, and later become premier himself. Known as "Wacky" to his political foes, W.A. C. Bennett died February 23, 1979 in Kelowna.

    A photograph of W.A.C. Bennett hangs on the 3rd floor of the Bennett Library, opposite the south west elevators. The photograph's caption reads, " The Honorable W.A.C. Bennett, P.C.O.C., LL.D., D. Pol. Sci., K.ST.J.; 1900-1979; Premier of the Province of British Columbia 1952-1972; Who gave strong and unconditional support to the concept of Simon Fraser University."

    For more information, see: