eResources Acceptable Use Policy

Most of the resources listed on the E-Journals, eBooks and eDatabases pages and other eResources cataloged in AUBIECat are subject to a variety of restrictions relating to access and use. Many of these eResources are available off campus via authentication passwords (Library ID). These restrictions serve to limit usage to Auburn University -Auburn faculty, staff, and students as required by license agreements with the publishers and/or vendors. The main exception to this restriction permits in-library access for non-Auburn University - Auburn affiliated individuals.

Most of the publishers/vendors impose restrictions on how the information in their products can be used. Downloading excessive portions of an eResource is usually prohibited and may be subject to a violation of U.S. Copyright Law. Electronic redistribution of information is also subject to restriction. For example, posting material downloaded from AU Libraries' eResources to an electronic discussion list or bulletin board would be considered by most publishers/vendors to violate the license agreements that allow us academic access. Most of the database producers (e.g., Westlaw, ScienceDirect) also prohibit using their products for commercial purposes. Violations of these terms could lead to a loss of access for the entire Auburn community.

Most eResources include more detailed information about these restrictions. If you have any concerns about your intended use of these resources, please contact the AU Libraries' eResources Management Team


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Last Updated: May 15, 2012