Misuse of e-resources by individual users in violation of the Library’s license agreements with publishers may result in the suspension or termination of the entire University community’s access to Library-subscribed e-resources.
The use of Library-subscribed e-resources is governed by license agreements negotiated between the University Library and publishers/vendors. It is important that our users abide by the terms of these agreements so that the entire University community can enjoy uninterrupted access to Library-subscribed e-resources. Please familiarize yourself with the responsibilities of using electronic resources and adhere to the rules laid out below:
- Electronic resources are provided to current HKBU faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users only.
- The entirety of the content of Library-subscribed e-resources is protected by the copyright of the publishers/vendors.
- Users are warned that they are fully responsible for any legal consequences arising from the infringement of applicable copyright laws.
- Users may download, save, and print a reasonable portion of text, search results, or other information obtained from e-resources provided they are used solely for studying, teaching, or research purposes.
- Do not share your access password with others.
- Do not copy and use information obtained from e-resources in your own work without proper attribution.
- Systematic or programmatic downloading, copying, or archiving of an excessive portion of an e-resource in any form or medium is strictly prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Downloading articles one after the other continuously for a period of time
- Downloading tables of contents, search results, or citations continuously for a period of time
- Downloading the complete run of an e-journal
- Downloading entire ebooks
- Archiving of downloaded materials on local servers outside the control of the publisher/vendor without permission
- If you are unsure as to whether your planned use of an e-resource constitutes excessive/systematic downloading, please ask the Library for advice.
- Using programmatic tools to scrape database search results or downloading large amounts of data from databases for text mining can result in access being suspended for the entire University community.
- If you are considering text mining or computational text analysis of a Library-subscribed e-resource, please ask the Library first to see if such usage is permitted under the license agreement.
Redistribution of Information
- Reselling, redistributing, or reproduction of an e-resources content, search results, other output, or other information in any medium or form is strictly prohibited.
- Posting retrieved/downloaded materials to a listserv, website, or email list is prohibited.
- Redistribution of materials to non-subscribers or non-subscribing institutions is prohibited.
Consequences of Agreement Violations
- Publisher/vendors reserve the right to monitor the use of e-resources and track account activity. If unusual activity is detected, the source of the suspected misuse will be traced.
- The publisher/vendor may ask the Library to issue a warning to the user responsible, or even deny access to the e-resource involved to the entire University community.
- Users are fully responsible for the legal and monetary penalties that may be applied by the publisher/vendor. The Library may also suspend violators from access to other Library-subscribed e-resources, or take other action as appropriate under the User Behaviour Policy.
Last updated: 25 October 2019