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What copyright restrictions are there on my use of e-resources?

Here is a quick guide:

You may
download one article per journal issue per session.  Viewing an article on the screen counts as a download, not just saving an electronic copy of the file.  A session is a continuous period of time using the computer, like a login.  You are not limited to one session per day.
print out a single copy of an article

You may not
change or delete any copyright information
systematically download licensed content (i.e. viewing, printing or saving more than one journal article per issue per session)
display or distribute licensed material (this includes emailing a pdf, for example)
allow anyone else except authorised users to access the licensed content
use the licensed content for any commercial purpose (unless you obtain written permission in advance from the publisher)

Further information may be found on the OULS Copyright page.

What is remote access and who is entitled to it?

Being on-campus means that you are using a computer within the University’s IT network.  If you are not using such a computer, you are working off-campus and will need to use your SSO to login for remote access to electronic resources.

You are entitled to remote access if you are a current student or staff member of the University (blue card holder).   Owing to the terms of the licences we have for our e-resources, if you do not fall into this category, you are not entitled to remote access. However, you may still use e-resources as a walk-in user in Oxford libraries if you have a valid entry card for that library.

There is a journal or database which would be useful for my work, but I’ve checked on OxLIP+ / OU eJournals and we don’t subscribe to it.

For journals, you may look up the title on OLIS to see if there is a print copy available.

Decisions about which electronic resources to subscribe to are made by subject librarians, and paid for from their budgets.

If you would like to recommend a resource for purchase, please visit the Proposals Page to view resources suggested by others, and to propose a resource yourself  (note: this page is only available on-campus).