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Using Electronic Resources

Restrictions on the Use of 'Penn Only' Networked Resources

In order to comply with license agreements for educational use and to ensure access to limited resources, access to  licensed resources is generally limited to current Penn faculty, students and staff.  In addition, access is limited to computers on campus or computers that use the Library Proxy Service.

Downloading and electronic or print redistribution of Penn Only restricted resources are subject to limitations. Downloading an "excessive" portion of a resource; such as an entire journal issue or a complete journal volume, is prohibited. Use of robots or spiders in licensed materials is also prohibited.  Also forbidden is the redistribution of restricted electronic information to non-subscribers or to non-subscribing institutions. For example, posting material downloaded from these resources to a listserv or using these resources for commercial purposes would contravene our license agreements. Use is carefully and proactively monitored by publishers and information providers, and suspect use or violations can result in disruption or even cancellation of the service for the entire University.

Please contact the Acquisitions, Access and Licensing Department for clarification of appropriate use and restrictions on a particular database.