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Electronic resources tend to be licensed, especially for subscription databases. Users should ensure that their use is both in compliance with copyright law and any restrictions specific to that resource.
These are generally subject to copyright regulations and also any supplier licence conditions.
Unless specifically allowed in the database licence, you should link to a document rather than download it. Many databases offer URLs guaranteed not to change.
Guide to linking to library resources
From 1 August 2016, generally you can print or download:
Use must be for:
Some databases allow further copying – see the terms and conditions for that database or contact the library.
Aggregator databases host copies of full-text articles on behalf of publishers and the copyright often remains with the publisher. Consequently:
So you should either
You should also check information on sharing full-text documents
All content is covered by copyright.
If no specific conditions are indicated on the website:
You must acknowledge the source on all copies.
If you wish to link to a website:
Check for any conditions of use on the website – if unsure it is safest to seek permission.
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