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Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Springfield College Library Services subscribes to a wide range of electronic resources that support the curricular and research activities of authorized Springfield College users to include students, faculty, and staff. Most electronic resources are licensed, not owned, and are therefore subject to restrictions in how they may be used.

The owner of each electronic resource defines how their products may be used, and may also monitor use to identify potential abuse. Misuse or violation of these terms may result in the termination of access to the electronic resource for the entire Springfield College community.

Authorized users that access electronic resources licensed by Springfield College Library Services agree to abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Technology policy, and to comply with the applicable terms and conditions of the electronic resources being used. Specific terms vary by electronic resource, but in general, users agree that they will:

  • Use the electronic resource only for non-commercial, educational, or research purposes
  • Respect all copyright or other intellectual property rights associated with the electronic resource
  • Seek appropriate permissions when using the electronic resource in course packs or other published materials
  • Not engage in the systematic downloading of excessive amounts of content
  • Not grant access to non-authorized users, including sharing passwords or access codes<

Questions about specific license agreements should be directed to Patrick Hartsfield, Assistant Director for Collections and Metadata, at jhartsfield@springfieldcollege.edu.