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Restrictions on access and downloading of licensed E-Resources

The e-Resources are licensed for the non-profit educational use of the Institute.
Copyright law governs use of these e-Resources.

Doing the following things are strictly prohibited:
  • Systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions.

  • Forwarding electronic versions of articles or the use of electronic articles for commercial purpose.

  • Download entire journal issue or database or an entire e-book.


Why should we not do the above things?

  • Improper use can result in denial of access for the whole Institute to all electronic journals from a given publisher.

  • Access to e-Resources is based on license agreement with publishers.

  • Library users are permitted to make digital copies of individual documents, that is, to download an individual document temporarily to their own hard disc for non-commercial purpose only.

  • Publishers keep track of patterns of use and where the publishers suspect misuse in the form of systematic downloading  (eg. more than one article from an issue, continuous downloading from a particular journal etc.) .

  • They will cut off access requiring Library to investigate and take action on those who have misused the e-Resources.

  • This prevents access by the majority of responsible users to information needed for their research and learning.

  • It becomes obligatory on the library‚Äôs part to investigate such misuses and report the same to the publishers.

  • Takes longer time to get the access restored and convince the publisher that re-occurrence of such misuses will be stopped.