Answered By: Oonagh Monaghan
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2016     Views: 61

The Library subscribes to electronic journals and databases and are therefore governed by the publisher terms and conditions in the contractual agreement. 

Each resource must be checked individually to determine what acts of copying are permitted. Any breach of contract can result in the suspension or termination of service.

Many e-journals now permit the use of extracts in e-learning environments like Blackboard, either through providing a link, or downloading files. Some may even allow printed extracts to be added to printed course packs. However, not all do, and terms may vary between providers.

When linking to e-journal articles, always check the terms and conditions for a policy on the type and format of links allowed.

Unless you are absolutely sure the journal allows it, you should not download a PDF article from an e-journal and upload it to Blackboard. 

Some journal publishers like to track usage and therefore include clauses in the licence agreement prohibiting this. Making e-journal content available in a shared electronic environment without permission is a breach of contract as well as copyright infringement, and could result in legal action, the suspension or withdrawal of access to resources and disciplinary procedures.

To ensure that you are not breaching copyright law, the best option is to use the Talis electronic reading lists to allow quick and easy links to the articles within the subscribed databases.  If there are articles from journals that the University does not subscribe to, you can request that it be digitised by contacting your Academic Subject Librarian.