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Citing Primary Sources and Copyright

  • Library of Congress
  • The WATCH File (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders)
    • "WATCH is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent people in other creative fields. It is a joint project of the Harry Ransom Center and University of Reading Library in England. Founded in 1994 as a resource principally for copyright questions about literary manuscripts held in the U.S. and the U.K., it has now grown into one of the largest databases of copyright holders in the world." [WATCH File website]
  • FOB: Firms Out of Business
    • FOB aims to record information about printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies and similar organisations which are no longer in existence. Where possible the entries in FOB identify successor organisations which might own any surviving rights.