Appropriate Use of Library’s Licensed Electronic Resources
Most of the electronic resources available through the University of South Florida Libraries are governed by license agreements that restrict use to University of South Florida students, faculty, staff, or other authorized users for non-commercial, educational, teaching, and research purposes. Each user is responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of these licenses. Breach of license may lead a publisher/vendor to turn off the library’s access without warning.
Generally, under the USF Libraries’ license agreements for electronic resources,
Users may not:
Examples of "excessive" or "systematic" downloading, which is prohibited:
Consequences of Inappropriate Use of Licensed Electronic Resources
Electronic resource vendors may monitor use of electronic resources to ensure that the terms of their licensing agreements are enforced. If a serious violation is detected coming from our campus or one of our remote users, vendors reserve the right to immediately suspend access to their electronic resources for the entire campus.
The Library would be notified of the suspension of service and would then investigate the situation, taking steps to ensure that the violation would not happen again. Once the situation is resolved, the service is generally restored.
As such, misuse and disregard for terms and conditions of use puts at risk the Library's and all other USF users' continued access to electronic resources.