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Responsible Use of Electronic Resources   Tags: e-journals, e-resources, policy  

Responsible, appropriate uses of databases, e-journals, and other electronic content provided by the Gallaudet University Library
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Responsible Use of Electronic Resources

Most electronic resources provided by Gallaudet University Library are governed by license agreements with the resource vendors and applicable copyright laws (Title 17 of the United States Code).  The use of most resources is restricted to currently enrolled Gallaudet University students, faculty, and staff, and to walk-in users who are physically present in the Library.  Use of Gallaudet computers is also governed by the University Technology Policy.

NOT allowed: Allowed:
  • Commercial Use. Electronic resources licensed to Gallaudet University are restricted to academic use. Electronic resources cannot be used for any form of profit.
  • Downloading an excessive portion of a resource, for example, an entire journal issue.
  • Electronically transmitting online content to individuals who are not current Gallaudet students, faculty, or staff in either print or electronic format.
  • Posting entire articles to Blackboard or a public website.  Post a link instead.  For information on adding full-text resources to your Blackboard page, please contact Library Reserves.
  • Use of robots or spiders or other programs for automatic or systematic downloading of content.
  • Creating a derivative database from the electronic resource and making it available to others. For example, copying a database or creating a similar database and making it available to others.
  • Share IDs and Passwords. As stated in Gallaudet University's University Technology Policy, Gallaudet members are not allowed to share their IDs and passwords with anyone.
    • Make limited print or electronic copies, such as a single copy of an article for:
      • Personal needs
      • Instructional needs
      • Research needs
    • Share with Gallaudet University students, faculty, and staff.
    • Post links to specific content in electronic resources.

    Always acknowledge your source on any published or unpublished document when you use information or data found in any electronic resources.

    Please be aware that publishers and vendors carefully monitor activity. Any breaches of the license terms may result in loss of privileges for an individual and loss of electronic resource access for the entire university.

    Specific terms and conditions for each electronic resource are generally available from a link on the vendor’s site. If you have any questions about your intended use of a resource, please consult these terms or contact the Library at


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