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HACC Library - Copyright Information

Database Licenses


In general, licenses for electronic resources allow students, staff, faculty, and other authorized users to access these resources for non-commercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes. Although the terms of use for each license are unique, typically licenses follow these rules of thumb:

Engagement in any of the activities included in the Not Permitted list below may result in an immediate suspension of the patron’s access to online library resources.

Permitted Not Permitted
  • viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving a copy of search results
  • viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving individual articles
  • using e-resources for scholarly, educational or scientific research, teaching, private study and clinical purposes
  • sending a copy of an article to another authorized user (i.e. current faculty, students or staff)
  • posting the URL to the publisher's version of the article on a class website (publisher links will allow only authorized users access)
  • use of robots or intelligent agents to do systematic, bulk or automatic downloading is not permitted
  • systematic downloading or printing of entire journal issues or volumes, or large portions of other e-resources is not permitted
  • using e-resources for commercial gain is not permitted (i.e. reselling, redistributing or republishing licensed content)
  • transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making online content available to unauthorized users (i.e. sending to mailing lists or electronic bulletin boards) is not permitted
  • posting the publisher's version or PDF of an article to an open class website is not permitted (instead, post the URL to the article which will allow only authorized users access)

Breaches of the College's contractual arrangements with publishers could result in the suspension of access to the resources for the entire HACC community.

While many licenses allow posting content to course management systems, such as Brightspace (D2L), as a general practice the Library recommends creating a link to the electronic journal or database, not to the pdf.