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About the Library: E-Resources Access and Use

E-Resources Access and Use

Most of the library's electronic resources are governed by license agreements that limit use to the Yale community or to individuals who are physically present on Yale University premises using university owned workstations. EACH USER IS RESPONSIBLE for ENSURING that s/he USES THESE PRODUCTS SOLELY for NONCOMMERCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, SCHOLARLY OR RESEARCH use.  SYSTEMATIC DOWNLOADING, DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT to NON-AUTHORIZED USERS or INDEFINITE RETENTION of SUBSTANTIAL PORTIONS OF INFORMATION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The use of software such as scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and 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.

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

  • Permitted actions generally include: downloading, temporarily storing, or printing discrete reasonable portions of the materials for personal, research, teaching, scholarly, non-commercial uses and/or providing links to relevant materials.  Additional guidance on permitted use may typically be found on the resources' websites.
  • Prohibited actions generally include: sharing of passwords; authorized access codes; systematic downloading or scraping  significant portions of the materials; mass reproduction and distribution; posting copyrighted materials on a publicly accessible website(s) (including social media sites); commercial exploitation; modifying copyright notices; or modifying or creating derivative works without permission; all in violation of applicable laws.

Please Be Aware

  • Sharing an access password with unauthorized users--including family, friends, or co-workers--may result in suspension or revocation of library privileges. Non-affiliated users may, however, access most electronic library resources from workstations in most Yale University Library locations. Downloading entire issues of electronic journals, several sequential chapters in online books, or attempting to create large databases from bibliographic files, makes the user look like a robot, and is expressly prohibited by license agreements. Systematic downloading of content -- manually or with specialized software--is detectable by information providers and may result in loss of that information service to the relevant computer addresses or the entire Yale University community.  Material breach of authorized terms and conditions of use may also subject the violator to institutional disciplinary procedures and personal liability in judicial proceedings.
  • Engaging in actions intended to circumvent or defeat access control mechanisms of the Library or information provider may result in revocation of library privileges and other campus or civil disciplinary measures.
  • Sharing proprietary or client software connected to information resources, such as that used to analyze spatial data or search and retrieve texts, is also prohibited under the terms of academic licenses.
  • Each licensed product may have more specific or additional permissions or prohibitions. If you have any questions about use of Yale's electronic resources, please contact the library's Office on Licensing and Copyright.

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

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