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STATEMENT ON APPROPRIATE USE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

The licensed electronic resources made available by the Nathan W. Collier Library at Florida Memorial University are for research, instruction, and related activities of “current” Florida Memorial University students, faculty, staff, and other “authorized users.” U.S. Copyright Law (including the protections of “fair use”) and contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. In general, authorized users may access such resources for noncommercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes. Prohibited actions generally include:

  • Sharing passwords or authorized access account numbers
  • Large-scale systematic downloading of articles or other information
  • Posting copyrighted materials on a publicly accessible web-site
  • Resale or commercial exploitation of licensed information

Please be aware:

1.Sharing an access password or account number with unauthorized users, including family, friends, or co-workers, may result in suspension or revocation of library privileges. Non-affiliated user may, however, access most electronic library resources from computer terminals when visiting the campus library.

2.Downloading entire issues of electronic journals, or attempting to create large databases from bibliographic files, is generally prohibited by publisher license agreements. Systematic downloading of content, manually or with specialized software, is detectable by publishers and traceable to specific computer addresses. While such actions are detectable and traceable to specific computers, the Library is very careful to adhere to the tenets of the Nathan W. Collier Library Privacy Policy.

3.Engaging in actions intended to circumvent or defeat access control mechanisms of the Library or information provider (database vendors), may result in revocation of library privileges and other campus or civil disciplinary measures.

4.Sharing proprietary or client software connected to information resources, such as that used to analyze spatial data or search and retrieve texts, is also prohibited under the terms of academic licenses.

Questions about the appropriate use of licensed information resources may be directed to

Note: Policy statements and guidelines on the use of Electronic Resources were adapted from similar statements by other academic libraries, including: Georgia State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Florida and the University of Michigan.