The UCSB Library provides access to electronic resources through the licensing of proprietary databases. In most cases, the terms of our license agreements limit access to current students, faculty and other University employees, and to members of the public who are using computers within the library.

Permitted use includes activity associated with personal research including printing and downloading of citations or documents that are found in the licensed databases.  Please note that saved citations or documents are for personal use only and should not be distributed to others.

Articles, search results and other information from licensed resources may not be systematically downloaded or re-published in print or electronic form. Articles may not be downloaded in aggregate quantities or centrally stored for later retrieval.

“Systematic downloading” refers to a user or users who are systematically, and/or automatically and very intentionally downloading numerous entire years worth of major journals, thousands of records from bibliographic databases, or entire electronic books.

Such downloading can result in the temporary and partial, or, in extreme cases, complete and permanent loss of access to abused resources for University of California users. The UCSB Library reserves the right to examine usage reports to identify users who are abusing electronic resources so that measures can be taken to stop the abuse and restore service.


Last updated: March 26, 2008