Electronic resources – generic terms of use

Use of all electronic resources subscribed to by the Durham College Library is governed by licensing agreements that restrict use to Durham College students, faculty and staff, for education or research purposes only. Generally, the licenses exclude alumni, and the community at large, but do permit occasional, “walk-in” users in the library.

As an authorized Durham College user it is your responsibility to ensure that you always use these resources according to these stipulations. Specifically, you must abide by the following conditions:

What you may not do:

  • You may not use these resources for any commercial purpose.
  • You may not share your right to access with any other person or organization.
  • You may not, as per copyright law, download, distribute, or retain entire issues or volumes of electronic resources or similarly substantial portions of information provided.

What you may or must do:

  • You may download, view, copy and save to hard disk or diskette and store or print out single copies of individual articles (NOT ENTIRE ISSUES) for education or research purposes only.
  • You must read and agree to the terms of the license or copyright agreement for each specific resource whenever such an agreement is available.

Unauthorized use may result in the suspension of access to materials and disciplinary action by the publisher.

Use of durable links, or persistent URLs

Several major database publishers (Ebsco, and ProQuest) are now offering durable links to articles. To bring up articles, the student simply clicks on the link and the articles will appear. Durham College is already paying for access to many source databases, so by using durable links, rather than downloading or cutting and pasting articles, materials can be used without fearing infringement of copyright. Here is how:

  1. Find your article.
  2. If the vendor provide durable link, you can copy and paste that to DC Connect as a link, or to a webpage. For example, the durable link for Maclean’s Magazine in the Ebsco Canadian Reference Centre Database is http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?jid=MAC&db=rch
  3. VERY IMPORTANT: to ensure both off campus accessibility and that the user is properly authenticated, prepend the link with the library proxy server address: http://dproxy.library.dc-uoit.ca/login?url=
    So your durable links should look like this (make sure there are no spaces): http://dproxy.library.dc-uoit.ca/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?jid=MAC&db=rch
  4. Some vendors like Lexis-Nexis do not allow the use of durable links. Please make sure that you check the terms of license found on the database.