General Usage Guidelines for Electronic Resources

Bangor University Library subscribes to electronic resources (databases, electronic journals and electronic books) and makes them available via the Library web site to authorised users (current Bangor University staff and students).

The Library signs a licence with the publisher of each electronic resource.Access to electronic resources is provided under explicit terms as laid out in the licence and in accordance with copyright law.

Publishers of electronic resources monitor our use and can temporarily, or permanently, suspend access rights if licence terms have been violated. The University is also subject to penalties should we breach copyright law.

It is the responsibility of all members of Bangor University to ensure that their use of electronic resources complies with copyright law, as well as with licence conditions imposed by publishers.

Licence terms vary from publisher to publisher, but a few general guiding principles are:

Permitted Uses

Prohibited Uses

Use for the purposes of non-commercial research, teaching or private study Use for any commercial purpose, or re-publish, modify content or create derivative works (mashups)
Print or download a single copy of an article or book chapter for personal use Systematically download, save or print articles or book chapters (e.g. all articles from one issue of a journal)
Share a link to an article or book chapter with Bangor University staff and students Share articles or book chapters with anyone who is not a current Bangor University student or staff member

If you want to use an electronic resource for anything other than making single copies for personal use, you are advised to consult the licence terms, which can be found on most publishers’ web sites.  If no information is listed, contact the Digital Development Team for advice.

Copyright regulations apply to electronic resources.  Removing, obscuring or modifying authors’ names, copyright notices or other means of identification is generally prohibited.

For more on this and other general copyright matters, including copyright of print material, see the University's Copyright page.

Electronic Resources in Blackboard - Advice for Academic Staff

Publisher licence terms generally state that it is not acceptable to download an article as a PDF document into Blackboard fro students to access.

It is usually permissable to 'deep link' to an article on the publisher's web site from within Blackboard.

Other reasons for linking as opposed to downloading (not just related to our obligations to the copyright holder of the work) include:

  • Providing a link to an article via a publisher web site allows publishers to monitor traffic to the article and in turn provide us with usage data.  We use this data to inform cancellations and acquisitions as part of our annual journals review.  An article downloaded into Blackboard generates no usage data and may therefore may be considered a low usage title and subject to cancellation.
  • Often licence conditions change or expire, platforms upgrade, journals move between publishers or even cease publication.  None of these changes can be reflected if the article is accessed via a downloaded PDF rather than a link on the publisher web site.  This potentially leaves us in breach of our licence conditions should, for example, your students continue to access an article from a scientific publication that we no longer subscribe to.

 

For assistance with linking to electronic resources please contact eresources@bangor.ac.uk