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Terms & Conditions for E-Resource Usage

UCD Library subscribes to a wide range of databases and e-resources -  among them electronic journals, subject databases, abstract and indexing databases and e-books. Some information about licensing agreements is given here.

The details of the licensing agreements vary for each product, but include the following:

  • E-resources are licensed to UCD for the use of currently registered UCD staff and students and, only where provided for and defined by an individual licence, other authorised users.
  • E-resources may be used for the purposes of UCD teaching, learning, research and administration only. They may NOT be used for commercial gain or for work undertaken by a student for the benefit of her/his employer. This includes the employer of a student on work placement as part of a UCD course.
  • Any copyright statement, proprietary marking, or protection measure included on any copy, or copies, derived from an e-resource must not be removed or interfered with.
  • Any copy, or copies, derived from an e-resource must be made within the terms of the licence. This will normally exclude the copying of the whole or substantial part of a database,  journal issue or other publication.
  • Licences vary considerably as to whether distribution of smaller amounts of material in the form of print copies for classes, inclusion of local copies in Blackboard, or other further distribution is allowed and this should not be done without seeking further information. Please note: As the vast majority of our licences are not governed by Irish law, you are advised not to rely on educational exemptions under the Irish Copyright Act.
  • Contact us for more information on the licences of individual e-resources subscribed to by UCD Library.

What you can do next...

  • View our collections guide to get more information about specific e-resources.
  • Read relevant sections of the Irish Copyright Act 2000.
  • See our Copyright guide.