Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Electronic Resources

Last Modified 2 September 2020

The UCI Libraries support teaching and learning by providing a rich array of library collections, including electronic resources (e.g. databases, eJournals, eBooks, etc.) Many of the electronic resources available through the UC Irvine Libraries are governed by license agreements.

Vendors’ license agreements restrict:

  1. Who can access e-resources.
    License agreements typically restrict use to current UCI students, faculty, staff and in most cases other users who access material from terminals located on the UCI campus.
  2. How their resources may be used.
    You are responsible for using vendors’ licensed resources (in accordance with license agreements and U.S. copyright law) for personal, educational, non-commercial purposes.

Note: Many vendors do not allow their content to be used with artificial intelligence tools. It is the responsibility of the user to understand these limitations and to use content in compliance with vendor terms and conditions.

Downloading, copying, or printing limited amounts of content (e.g. single journal articles, single book chapters.) Downloading, copying, or printing significant amounts of content (e.g. entire journal issues, entire books). Using software designed to automatically download and/or copy (i.e. mine) content.
Sharing the URL to the publisher's version of the article on a class website (publisher links grant access only to authorized users).
  • Sharing content such that unauthorized users can access it, e.g. posting an article on publicly accessible web pages, mailing lists, bulletin boards, social media, etc.
  • Giving your UCInetID and password to unauthorized users, or logging into electronic resources on behalf of unauthorized users.
Using content for your research, instruction, class/coursework, learning, or personal enrichment. Using or selling content for your profit or your employer’s profit.

These are some of the possible consequences of violating our license agreements:

  • Your access to the resources gets suspended.
  • The vendor suspends UCI campus access, either temporarily or permanently.
  • The vendor takes legal action.

Questions? Ask a Librarian.