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Appropriate Uses of Electronic Resources

Appropriate uses of databases, ejournals, and other electronic content provided by the George Washington University Libraries.

Most electronic resources provided by George Washington University are governed by license agreements that restrict use to currently enrolled George Washington University students, faculty, and staff, and to walk-in users physically present in the Library. The use of each online resource is governed by applicable copyright laws as well as the terms of the license between George Washington University and the publisher.

The following activities are generally prohibited:

  • Commercial use. Electronic resources licensed to the University are restricted to academic usage.  Separate licenses, payments, and permissions are required for commercial use.
  • Downloading an excessive portion of a resource (e.g. an entire journal issue).
  • Electronically transmitting online content to non-GWU affiliates.
  • Posting articles to Blackboard or a public website. Post a link instead. For information on adding full-text resources to your Blackboard page, please consult the Gelman Electronic Course Reserves page or the Himmelfarb Library Course Reserves page.
  • Use of robots or spiders or other programs for automatic or systematic downloading of content.
  • Creating a derivative database from the electronic resource and making that available to others.
  • Sharing IDs and Passwords. As stated in GW's Code of Conduct for Computing Systems and Services, GW users should not share their user IDS and passwords, nor should they enable anyone who is not an authorized user to gain access to materials licensed to George Washington University.

Publishers and vendors carefully monitor web activity. Breaches of the license terms may result in loss of privileges for the individual and loss of electronic resource access for the entire University.

Specific terms and conditions for each electronic resource are generally available from a link on the publisher's site. If you have any questions about your intended use of the resource, please consult these terms or ask library staff for assistance.

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