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Copyright & Licenses: Selected Tools for Navigating the Information Environment: About Licenses

About Licensed Online Information

Using Licensed Online Resources: General Information

The Library@VIU licenses many online resources for use by current students, faculty, and staff, including online journals, eBooks and other types of information. Access to these resources is made possible through license agreements with resource providers.

License terms typically state that access is restricted to current students, faculty and staff, and that licensed resources may only be used for educational and research purposes and not for commercial purposes.

What can I do with licensed online resources?

Please be aware that violations of license terms may result in loss of access for the entire university community.

If you are unsure about how you are permitted to use a particular resource, check permitted uses for that resource through the Library@VIU Journals A to Z List, or contact the Library.

Generally PermittedGenerally Not Permitted

"Walk-in" use (not affiliated with VIU)

Remote access for those who are not current VIU students, faculty or staff

Print or download one copy of an article for your own use

Excessive printing or downloading (e.g. whole journal issues, substantial portions of books)

Use licensed material for research, instruction, or educational purposes

Commercial use, selling, or distributing licensed material beyond what is reasonable for personal use

Share an article with another member of the VIU community

Share material with others not affiliated with VIU

Post stable links to licensed material

(See "Stable Links to Online Articles, eBooks & More" for more information)

Copy or scan articles or book chapters to post on personal websites or on a learning management system*

* These materials are adapted from materials developed and owned by The University of British Columbia (the “UBC Materials”), and are used with consent of The University of British Columbia (“UBC”).  They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.  UBC takes no responsibility or liability for any use of these materials, or the UBC Materials, including any changes or modifications made to the UBC Materials.

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