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About the Library: E-Resources Access and Use

E-Resources Access and Use

The licensed electronic resources made available by the Yale University Library are for the personal, clinical, research, scholarly, or instructional activities of current Yale University or Yale-New Haven Hospital faculty, staff, students and other authorized users. MOST of the library's electronic resources are governed by license agreements that limit use of the eResources.  The misuse and violation of prohibited uses may result in loss of access to these resources for the entire Yale community. The Yale University Information Technology Appropriate Policy prohibits violations of these license agreements.

eResources Use Guidelines

Generally PERMITTED* Uses

Generally PROHIBITED Uses

  • Downloading insubstantial amounts (NOT entire journals or books)
  • Temporarily storing reasonable portions
  • Use of small amounts of attributed quotes in your own works
  • Sharing reasonable portions with other Yale individuals
  • Posting/sharing links to the article or work
  • Sharing passwords, access codes, giving access to non-Yale individuals
  • Systematic downloading by use of scripts, scraping, or robots
  • Sharing proprietary or client software connected to information resources (e.g. those used to analyze spatial data or search and retrieve texts
  • Creating derivatives (such as your own database of materials)
  • Mass reproduction and distribution
  • Posting materials on a publicly accessible website or public listserves

*Copyright Law (including the protections of "fair use") AND contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. License terms can supersede that which the law allows.

EACH USER IS RESPONSIBLE for ENSURING that s/he USES THESE PRODUCTS SOLELY for NONCOMMERCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, SCHOLARLY OR RESEARCH use.  Material breach of authorized terms and conditions of use may also subject the violator to institutional disciplinary procedures and personal liability in judicial proceedings.

Each licensed product may have more specific or additional permissions or prohibitions.

Some resources may require users to agree directly to individual Terms of Use; this is often presented as a pop-up or re-direct on the vendor’s website that prompts users to click ‘I Agree’ to the additional terms. This means an agreement could be between an individual and a vendor (i.e., the Library may not be party to the agreement). Review the terms on the resource's website for further use guidelines. If you have any questions about a specific use of Yale's electronic resources, please contact the library's Copyright and Contacting Specialist.


This statement conforms with the Yale University Information Technology Appropriate Policy (Policy 1607, Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy).

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