Most of these electronic resources are governed by license agreements that limit use to the Yale community or to individuals who are physically present at the Yale University Library facilities. Each user is responsible for ensuring that he or she uses these products only for noncommercial, educational, scholarly or research use without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining indefinitely substantial portions of information. The use of software such as scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in loss of access to these resources for the entire Yale community. The Yale University Appropriate Use of Information Technology Policy prohibits violations of these license agreements.
The licensed electronic resources made available by the Yale University Library are for the personal, clinical, research, scholarly, or instructional activities of current Yale University or Yale-New Haven Hospital faculty, staff, students and other authorized users. Copyright Law (including the protections of "fair use") and contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. Permitted actions generally include: downloading, temporarily storing, or printing discrete reasonable portions of the materials. Prohibited actions generally include: Sharing of passwords of authorized access codes, systematic downloading of significant portions of the materials, posting copyrighted materials on a publicly accessible website, or commercial exploitation of the licensed information.
Please Be Aware:
- Sharing an access password with unauthorized users--including family, friends, or co-workers--may result in suspension or revocation of library privileges. Non-affiliated users may, however, access most electronic library resources from workstations in most Yale University Library locations.
- Downloading entire issues of electronic journals, several sequential chapters in online books, or attempting to create large databases from bibliographic files, is generally prohibited by license agreements. Systematic downloading of content -- manually or with specialized software--is detectable by information providers and may result in loss of that information service to the relevant computer addresses or the entire Yale University community.
- Engaging in actions intended to circumvent or defeat access control mechanisms of the Library or information provider may result in revocation of library privileges and other campus or civil disciplinary measures.
- 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.
Each licensed product may have more specific or additional permissions or prohibitions. Summarized and more detailed information is supplied by the Permitted Uses of Electronic Resources document. In many instances, walk-in users (individuals who are physically present on the Yale campus and who are not Yale faculty, students, and staff) are restricted in the amount of material they may download or print by the specific agreement for a license.
This statement is in conformance with the Yale University Appropriate Use of Information Technology Policy.