Responsible Use of Library Electronic or Digital Resources
Electronic or digital information resources provided by the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library (“Library”) are for non-commercial, scholarly and research uses by active students, faculty and staff of Michigan Technological University and for persons physically present in the library.
U.S. Copyright Law (including the protections of “fair use”), other federal and state laws, and the University’s contracts or licenses with licensors, publishers and other providers (“information providers”) govern the access, use and reproduction of these resources.
- Displaying, downloading, printing, copying and storing reasonable portions of the information or content is allowed.
- It is generally permissible to link to articles or chapters instead of downloading.
- Some electronic licenses permit the inclusion of content in course packs, electronic reserves, multiple copies for classroom use or inclusion in a Canvas course site.
- Sharing of passwords or access codes.
- Downloading large sets of articles, manually or through the use of software agents, robots, or search/retrieval applications to identify and download content. Note that systematic downloading is detectable by the information provider and traceable to a specific computer address.
- Downloading entire issues of electronic journals, sequential chapters in online books or creating a large database of files on your computer, a server or a Canvas course site.
- Engaging in actions intended to circumvent control mechanisms by the library or information provider.
- Sharing of proprietary or client software to connect to an information resource including those that search and retrieve text.
- Posting of copyrighted material on a publicly accessible Web site.
- Enabling access to copyrighted publications or programs via a server or other technology in violation of the terms for which they has been licensed.
- Re-sale or commercial use of licensed information.
Licensors have the right, under the terms of their licenses with the University, to block access for the entire university based on a single user’s violation.
The Van Pelt and Opie Library can help you utilize content and eResources for your research and instructional needs and/or help you to obtain applicable copyright permission. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.