Terms of Use for Electronic Resources

Forms & Handouts:

Most electronic resources are governed by license agreements which restrict use to the UFV community (defined as current UFV students, faculty and staff) and to individuals who use the libraries' facilities as walk-in patrons.  It is the responsibility of each user to ensure these products are used for individual educational or research purposes only.

Examples of acceptable uses of resources and data include:

  • Search, view, retrieve and display licensed data
  • save or print limited amounts or parts of the data for personal research use
  • Uses allowed under copyright (may be further restricted by license terms)

Examples of unacceptable uses of resources and data include:

  • Commercial use (for the purpose of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, loan, transfer)
  • Redistribution of data to unauthorized users, e.g. via email, a web site, or a database
  • Republication of the resource or the data
  • Providing access to unauthorized users, e.g. those outside the UFV community
  • Automated or excessive data crawling within resources
  • Automated or systematic downloading, mining, or harvesting of data
  • Removal or alteration of a copyright holder's information

Authorized users who breach license agreements may lose access to resources and may face disciplinary action.  Misuse may even result in loss of access for the entire UFV community.
Users should also familiarize themselves with UFV's policy on Appropriate Use of Computing and Network Resources.

Detailed Terms of Use for Licensed Resources - Research Databases Gateway

We provide more specific license terms regarding interlibrary loan, coursepacks and electronic reserves.  To view these details, click on the "about this database/terms of use" links below the database description in our Research Databases gateway.  For an example,


Detailed Terms of Use for Licensed Resources - UFV Journals List

License terms may also be available at the journal title level.  From the UFV Journals list, click on the title of the journal to view terms of use.  For an example,

The library is changing systems as of May 1, 2017. The new Journals List does not currently provide terms of use.


Definitions of Terms of Use

In all cases, a complete citation including source is required.
Allows ILL
Yes:  Articles from this database may be supplied to other libraries for individual research and study, within current Copyright guidelines (no more than 10% of a published work, or 1 article from a journal article.)
No: Interlibrary loans not allowed.
Allows Coursepacks
Yes:  UFV Faculty and staff may use materials from this database in coursepacks for students.
No:  The license does not grant the right to use materials from the resource in a coursepack.  Consider using a persistent link to the item instead.  Faculty wishing to include items from this resource should contact the bookstore for license permissions.
Allows Electronic Reserves
Yes:  UFV Faculty may incorporate licensed materials in a secure, password protected electronic course environment, such as Blackboard.  Access must be restricted to current UFV students or employees.
No:  Materials may NOT be posted into an electronic course environment.  Consider using a persistent link to the item instead.


For any assistance determining terms of use for a licensed resource, please contact Patti Wilson at loc. 4277.

May 3, 2017 dc

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