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Electronic Resources Usage Policy

Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Electronic resources are made available by Geisel Library for use by the students, staff, faculty, and monastic community of Saint Anselm College. Under certain conditions some electronic resources are also available to guests. It is the responsibility of each user to ensure that he or she uses these products only for individual, noncommercial use without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information.

Contractual license agreements and U.S. Copyright Law govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. In addition, use of electronic resources must be in compliance with the campus-wide policy on Acceptable Use of Technology.

Remote access to the library's subscription databases is not permitted for the following groups of people: alumni; relatives of students, faculty or staff; former students; the general public; and research assistants hired by professors who are not also students, faculty or staff. These users are allowed access to these databases on campus only, unless otherwise restricted by the database vendor.

Licensed Electronic Resources

Access and use of many electronic resources provided by Geisel Library are governed by license agreements negotiated between Geisel Library and publishers or third parties. In general, these legally binding contracts allow students, staff, faculty, and other authorized users to access these resources for non-commercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes. Users of library-licensed resources must comply with the terms of agreements and be aware that publishers may monitor use of electronic resources to ensure that the terms of their licensing agreements are enforced. Breach of license may lead a publisher/vendor to turn off the College's access without warning.

In using licensed electronic resources, users must:

  • limit uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes;
  • not facilitate unauthorized access by others (i.e., do not share one's Saint Anselm College Library account password);
  • not engage in systematic downloading of licensed content (e.g., downloading entire issues of electronic journals or large-scale downloading from databases to create other collections of data);
  • give proper attribution when quoting from material; for assistance with this, see the library's Citing Sources Geisel Guide;
  • Note: Many licenses prohibit the downloading and posting of licensed content on another server, even if for use in course web sites or BlackBoard. In general, it is required by the publisher to link to articles (using an appropriate authentication mechanism) rather than to download and post articles to a server. For assistance with this procedure, see the library's Geisel Guide on Creating Persistent Links to Database Articles.


Copyright and Electronic Resources

The copying of electronic resources made available by Geisel Library may be governed by both license agreements and U.S. Copyright Law. To learn about how copyright law affects the use of electronic resources at Saint Anselm College, including provisions for "fair use", see the library's Copyright and Fair Use Geisel Guide.

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