RESPONSIBLE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
The University of Colorado Libraries contracts with a variety of vendors and publishers to provide authorized users with thousands of electronic resources (databases, abstracts, e-journals, full text, etc.) costing millions of dollars per year.
In addition to paying for these resources, the Libraries typically negotiates license agreements that stipulate how and by whom they may be used. These contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. Additionally, the use of electronic resources must meet standards for fair use under copyright law and comply with the University-wide policy on copyright. If license terms are violated by anyone , licensors usually have the right to temporarily suspend access FOR THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. In some cases, licenses can be permanently revoked. The University of Colorado at Boulder has adopted a three strikes procedure to address copyright violators, which can include suspension of network access, a hearing with Judicial Affairs, or other disciplinary actions.
Unless otherwise noted:
|You May||You May Not|
|make limited print or electronic copies (such as single articles) with proper attribution||engage in systematic or substantial printing, copying or downloading (such as entire journal issues or books)|
|use materials for personal, instructional or research needs only||sell or redistribute content, use it for commercial purposes, or provide it to an employer|
|share with CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students||share with third parties, meaning people other than CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students (also known as scholarly sharing)|
|make multiple copies of excerpts for classroom use under Fair Use guidelines||
post actual content or articles to web sites or listservs
|use for electronic reserves and course packs||modify, alter, or create derivative works|
Always acknowledge your source on any published or unpublished document when you use information found on electronic resources.
GREY AREAS: Some vendors may not allow inclusion for electronic reserves, course packs, and multiple copies for classroom use and interlibrary lending. If you have questions about a particular resource, please send us email