Fair Use Guidelines for Students

The guidelines for including work that is done by other people in your own presentation, report, or movie:

Writing from a book, magazine, etc.

Up to 1000 words, but not more than 10% of the book or article.  


  • Up to 250 words (or the entire poem if it is less than 250 words)
  • No more than 3 poems by the same poet
  • No more than 5 poems from a collection of poetry

Photographs or drawings

  • Up to 5 graphics or photos from the same person
  • No more than 15 images from the same collection
  • Images cannot be changed.


  • Up to 3 minutes but no more than 10% of the entire video
  • The video clip may not be changed in any way


  • Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of sheet music
  • Up to 30 seconds but no more than 10% of a recording
  • The music cannot be changed in any major way

Giving credit to your source

  • An opening screen of a presentation must indicate that it follows the "fair use" rules of the U.S. Copyright law
  • Copyright information for all items used must be included in a bibliography

Note: This page provides a simplified version of copyright laws and regulations. There are some exceptions. Please contact the library with any questions.