The e-ShodhSindhu Consortium subscribes to thousands of electronic journals and bibliographic databases for use by authorized users. The terms and conditions for using these resources are spelled out in electronic resource license agreements with each publisher. It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure that the use of electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements. Licenses vary from publisher to publisher; however, the general principles are as follows:
|Viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving a copy of search results||Use of robots or intelligent agents to do systematic, bulk or automatic downloading is not permitted|
|Viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving individual articles||Systematic downloading or printing of entire journal issues or volumes, or large portions of other e-resources is not permitted|
|Using e-resources for scholarly, educational or scientific research, teaching, private study and clinical purposes||Using e-resources for commercial gain is not permitted (i.e. reselling, redistributing or republishing licensed content)|
|Sending a copy of an article to another authorized user (i.e. current faculty, students or staff)||Transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making online content available to unauthorized users (i.e. sending to mailing lists or electronic bulletin boards) is not permitted|
|Posting the URL to the publisher's version of the article on a class website (publisher links will allow only authorized users access)||Posting the publisher's version or PDF of an article to an open class website is not permitted (instead, post the URL to the article which will allow only authorized users access)|
Breaches of the license agreement with publishers could result in the suspension of access to the resources for the member institutions.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.-Henry Ward Beecher