Responsible Use of E-Resources

by Washington State University Libraries

This page puts license-driven policy statements into terms that the general public can easily understand and apply in their use of the library’s subscribed resources.

The Washington State University Libraries contract with a variety of vendors and publishers to provide 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 negotiate license agreements that stipulate how and by whom they may be used. 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.

You can help prevent problems with our electronic resource providers by adhering to “good practice” and avoiding improper use.

Available at this URL: http://libraries.wsu.edu/services/policies/responsible-use-eresources

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