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Use of Electronic Resources

Most of the Library's e-journals and databases may be used while on campus. Off-campus access is restricted to authorized users only (typically current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students). See the Connect from off-campus for more information.

Access, use, and reproduction of most electronic resources available through the UC San Diego Library is governed by license agreements between the university and publishers. University community members must make reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with agreement terms. Redacted copies of most licenses are available.

In using licensed electronic resources, users shall:

  • limit uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes
  • not facilitate unauthorized access by others (i.e. do not share your network user name and password)

In addition,

You may: You may not:

Print, download or quote limited amounts of information (with proper attribution)

Systematically download large amounts of information (e.g. download all articles in a journal issue; engage in large-scale downloading from licensed resources to create large databases)

Copy an article for your personal use in teaching or research.

Sell or distribute articles to individuals, institutions, or organizations for commercial purposes.

Create a link to a journal article on a publisher web site

Post a copy of a published article to a University server (e.g. WebCT, departmental website)

Users should be aware that publishers monitor use levels of electronic resources to verify compliance with licensing agreements. Breach of license by a single user may enable the publisher to suspend the university's access without warning.