Electronic Resources Access Policy

Electronic Resources Access Policy

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic journals, databases, and other resources made available through the Ithaca College Library is governed by contracts or license agreements between the College and publishers or vendors. In many cases, license agreements impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. This document is posted for informational purposes; Members of the College community are expected to make reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with the terms of these agreements.

Remote and on-campus use of these resources is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of the College. Unfortunately, current contracts prohibit use of licensed databases by alumni.

In using licensed electronic resources, all users should:

  • limit uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes
  • safeguard institutional access to resources by not sharing their user name and password.

In general, users may:

  • print, download or quote limited amounts of information (with proper attribution)
  • copy an article for your personal use in teaching or research
  • create a link to a journal article on a publisher or aggregator web site

Users may not:

  • systematically download large amounts of information (e.g., download all articles in a journal issue, engage in large-scale downloading from licensed resources to create large databases)
  • post a copy of a published article to another computer (e.g., a WebCT site or a departmental web site). Posting the link to an article is permissable, as it will require a current campus email account to gain access to the text.
  • distribute copies of material to individuals or groups outside Ithaca College
  • sell or distribute articles to individuals, institutions, or organizations
  • share their user name and password.

Users should be aware that publishers and the College monitor use levels of electronic resources to verify compliance with licensing agreements. Breach of license by a single user may cause a publisher to suspend the College community's access without warning and/or result in the user having their access to electronic resources suspended.

Users are also accountable for respecting guidelines described in the College's All College Computer and Network Use Policy

Source: Grinnell College License Agreements

Contact Us

picture of Terri Ann Coronel
Electronic Resources Librarian
(607) 274-1892