Collins Memorial Library

General Use Guidelines For Electronic Resources

University of Puget Sound purchases access to a large amount of electronic material including databases, electronic journals, e-books and image files that are not available for free from the internet.  To obtain this access for our users, the Library negotiates license agreement terms that stipulate who, where and how these materials can by used. 

If license terms are violated, we may LOSE ACCESS to the resource either temporarily or permanently.

Please help us provide the best possible information by observing "good practices" for using electronic resources. 

Follow Good Practice

Good Practice
Usually Not Allowed
personal, scholarly or instructional use of content selling or re-distributing content, or providing it to an employer
making limited print or electronic copies (such as a single article) substantial or systematic printing, dowloading or copying
sharing with UPS students, staff or faculty sharing with people outside of the UPS students, staff or faculty
posting an electronic link to the content posting the actual content on your website, blog or other e-sharing device

creating a derivative work or modifying or altering the existing resource


Electronic content is protected under US Copyright Law and proper citation to works must appear when content is used. Violations of these restrictions will be met with appropriate action.

MORE: License terms vary considerably between vendors over use of materials in course packs, reserves, and sharing for scholarly purposes with peers outside University of Puget Sound. For the license terms for each resource, please see the "Package & License" link connected to the resource from our Collins catalog. Note that we may have a particular resource available from multiple vendors, so make sure you are checking the terms for the correct vendor.

Note: This use policy does not apply to our electronic Federal Government information provided through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). (See: Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). (See: Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Internet Use Policy Guidelines) As a depository library Collins Library offers the general public free access to electronic Federal Government information.