Use of Library Electronic Resources


Databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources made available through the Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library are licensed. Terms of the licensing agreements, which vary from vendor to vendor, specify who is permitted to access the information and how it may be used.

Who Can Access Electronic Resources?

Electronic resources are made available to authorized users: Augusta University faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Access is granted on campus, or at remote locations after authentication through the Augusta University website. (Note: Some electronic resources cannot be made available to non-Augusta University walk-in users.)

What Is Generally Permitted:

  • Searching, viewing and browsing the content of one or more electronic resources
  • Use of the content for educational, scholarly and non-commercial research purposes
  • Downloading, saving and printing limited data or articles in compliance with the "Fair Use" provisions of Copyright Law
  • One print-out or copy of an article

What Is Generally Prohibited?

  • Copying or downloading whole works, entire issues of a journal, collections of data, or creation of large databases from bibliographic files
  • Systematic or substantial downloading, manually or with specialized software, of articles or other information
  • Sharing of passwords or authorized access codes
  • Modification of data or images from the resources
  • Redistribution, reselling, renting, lending, creation of derivative works or other commercial exploitation
  • Removing, modifying or obscuring copyright notices, other notices and disclaimers

Use of Library databases and other electronic resources is governed by U.S. Copyright law and terms of contractual licensing agreements. Information providers retain copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the content presented. Uses beyond what is allowed by Fair Use limitations (sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law) require permission of the publisher. Failure to comply may result in individual or institutional revocation of access to electronic resources, as well as liability for copyright infringement including damages.