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Guidelines for Using Digital Content

The library provides access to thousands of electronic journals, books, and databases for the non-profit educational use of Vanderbilt University. Use of these resources is governed by copyright law and individual license terms of use.   

Some general principles apply for permitted and non-permitted uses.  

Usually Permitted:  
Viewing, downloading, copying, printing, and saving individual articles or search results.
Using e-resources for research and teaching.
Sending a copy of an article to another authorized user.
Sharing the URL, or posting it.
Citing small portions of content in your published research.  

NOTE: Engagement in any of the activities below may result in suspension of your access, and possibly access for the entire Vanderbilt campus.  

Usually Not Permitted:  
Systematically downloading or distributing large volumes of material.
Using e-resources for personal commercial gain.
Sharing content with unauthorized users.
Publicly posting the full text of articles.  

You are expected to comply with the terms of use for the e-resources you use.
Terms of use can usually be found on publishers’ websites, or via links from their pages.
If the resource allows you to create a personal account, you should not use your Vanderbilt ID and password. More information can be found here. 
If in doubt, Ask a Librarian .