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Electronic Resources

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General Electronic Resource Guidelines

Electronic resources available from the Libraries' website are licensed by Northern Virginia Community College Libraries for non-commercial use by authorized users for educational or research purposes.

The use of electronic resources is subject to copyright law and license agreements that govern the access, use, and reproduction of material from these resources. If these terms are violated, a license can be temporarily or permanently revoked. It is very important for all library patrons to abide by the terms of copyright law and license agreements to ensure that the entire college community has access to electronic resources without interruption.

Usually Permitted:

  • Making limited print or electronic copies (such as a single article).
  • Using resources for personal, instructional, or research needs.
  • Sharing content with authorized users.
  • Posting links to specific content.
  • Quoting with proper citation.

Usually Not Permitted:

  • Excessive or systematic or substantial printing, copying or downloading (such as entire journal issues or books).
  • Using for commercial purposes (such as selling or re-distributing content).
  • Allowing anyone other than authorized users to access the licensed resources, this includes sharing passwords.
  • Posting excessive amount of actual content or articles to websites or listservs.
  • Modifying, altering, or creating derivative works.
  • Removing copyright, trademark and proprietary notices.

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