General Terms of Use for Electronic Resources

Revised March 2017

James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies (LET) contracts with vendors, publishers, and multimedia producers to provide authorized users with access to thousands of electronic resources. In addition, JMU Libraries offers access to resources purchased by the state consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). Public, government, and other open access resources are made available on the Libraries’ website, as well.

Authorized users generally include anyone with an active JMU eid: current faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. Alumni are not authorized users at this time. Walk-in users to the libraries can access most licensed electronic resources; please visit the library service desks to obtain a login.

Both the Libraries and VIVA negotiate licensing agreements with vendors that regulate the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. Additionally, the use of electronic resources must meet standards for fair use under copyright law.

Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, noncommercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information.  The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited.

If license terms are violated by ANY user, the vendor has the right to temporarily suspend access to the user or for the ENTIRE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. In some cases, licenses may be permanently revoked.

The specific terms of each license will vary from vendor to vendor, but below are some general guidelines to help users follow the terms of the agreements.

Unless otherwise specified in the resource record or within the resource itself:

The User May (with proper attribution): The User May NOT:

Print, copy, or download a single copy each of a limited number of excerpts (citations, abstracts, articles, or chapters).

Print, copy, or download multiple copies or substantial amounts of excerpts, such as entire journal issues or books.

Use excerpts for scholarly or research needs.

Use excerpts for commercial purposes.

Share excerpts with other authorized users.

Share with third parties outside of the JMU community.

Make multiple copies of excerpts for instructional purposes under Fair Use guidelines.

Post actual content to web sites or listservs.

Create links to specific content in Canvas.

Modify, adapt, or create derivative works from excerpts without express written permission from the vendor or publisher.

Additionally, sources MUST be properly cited. The library offers CheckCite, a citation formatting tool, as well as a selection of style manuals to help create proper citations.

JMU LET is not responsible for the privacy of any data shared across the Internet. JMU licenses specify that a vendor will make every effort to protect the anonymity of users and will not share private data with third parties. However, web transactions are not always 100% secure and may be open to third parties.

If you have any questions regarding proper use of a resource, Ask the Library.

Source(s) of Authority: Director, Scholarly Resources & Discovery/Manager, Resource Access