Psychology Librarian at UEL on Pinterest

For those of you who are unaware of what Pinterest is, it’s effectively a site that enables users to create online ‘pinboards’ of items of ‘interest’ (hence: Pinterest!) and share them with followers. It’s a very visual medium that consequently works best with image based content. It is a great way to come across interesting content online, particularly if you seek out people with the same interests.

Pinterest is not without its controversies and problems though (WARNING: very important information ahead!). There have been a number of issues in the past regarding copyright and Pinterest, specifically the dangers of breaching copyright by ‘pinning’ online content without the express permission of the copyright owner. This is a very important area because breach of copyright can be a criminal offence and could result in prosecution. Guidance on using Pinterest (and image sharing sites in general) has been published by JISC Legal and I strongly recommend you read the paper (as well as this short clip) to acquaint yourself with some of the legal considerations when it comes to using Pinterest. One way to avoid the problem is to only use materials that have Creative Commons licences associated with them (see the Creative Commons website). The owners of the copyright in materials with Creative Commons licences have granted permission for third parties to copy free of charge the materials, subject to certain restrictions which are explained on the licence.

Bearing all of that in mind, I’ve started to put together a few Pinterest boards that may be of interest to staff and students in the School of Psychology here at UEL. These boards collect together a wealth of useful information in one place, saving you the trouble of visiting numerous web pages to get the help and support you need. This includes boards on Study Skills and Research as well as guides to utilising databases such as PsycInfo.

I’ll gradually add more resources to the Pinterest account over time, collecting a range of resources that will help you in your studies. You can follow my Pinterest board here. However, you do not need an account on Pinterest to look at the various boards. You can also bookmark the URL for any board of interest and still access everything that has been ‘pinned’ to it. Most importantly, if you are thinking of setting up or are using a Pinterest account, please read the legal guidance referred to above. The last thing you want is to be accused of breaching copyright.


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