Use of Electronic Resources

The Library provides access to electronic journals, books and databases licensed by the University. Authorised users are responsible for ensuring that their use of these resources complies with the licence terms and conditions.

Who is an authorised user?

Authorised users are current staff and students of Lancaster University who are permitted to access the campus network and who have been issued with a network account.

What can you do?

Authorised users may usually:

  • Print a copy of an article or chapter for personal use (research, teaching, private study)
  • Download a copy of an article or chapter for personal use (research, teaching, private study)
  • Send a copy of an article or chapter to another authorised user

Some licences permit authorised users to:

  • Incorporate articles or chapters into course packs for teaching use at Lancaster University (with appropriate acknowledgement of each article and its source)
  • Make articles or chapters available through a secure intranet or VLE such as Moodle for teaching use at the Lancaster University (with appropriate acknowledgement of each article and its source)

What can't you do?

Licence terms will normally not allow you to:

  • Systematically download, save, or print from an e-resource, eg all articles from one issue of a journal, or an entire book
  • Make multiple print or electronic copies (although use in course packs may be permitted)
  • Mount articles or chapters on an internet server (although mounting on a secure VLE such as Moodle, may be permitted)
  • Use articles or chapters for commercial purposes, including student placements
  • Send printed or electronic articles or chapters to unauthorised users, ie anyone who is not a student or a member of staff at the Lancaster University
  • Remove or alter the authors' names, the journal or book title, the publisher's copyright notices, or other means of identification
  • Alter, abridge, adapt or modify downloaded information

As a general rule if you want to use an electronic journal or book for anything other than reading online or making single copies of an article or chapter for personal use, you are advised to consult the licence terms for that resource.

Many e-journal or e-book sites include a link to the terms and conditions of the licence. If not, contact the Subject Support who should be able to provide you with a copy of the licence.

Other Important Information

Current members of Lancaster University are issued with a username and password on registration. Usernames and passwords must not be deliberately or inadvertently revealed or made accessible to others. Users of the University's electronic information systems are bound by the University's Computer User Agreement, which may be found in the Rules of the University, Appendix C.

For further details on general copyright matters, see the Library's Copyright page.