A signed license agreement is required to provide access to most research and scholarly publications. These licenses describe who can use the resource, how it may be used, and the consequences of misuse. 

To ensure that you're using K-State Libraries' electronic resources responsibly, keep the following in mind: 

Avoid Excessive Downloading

Definitions differ, but publishers generally consider multiple sequential chapters of a book or more than half of an entire issue of a journal excessive. 

Excessive or systematic downloading may result in access being denied.

Authorized Users

Many of our licenses limit the use of our materials to authorized users. Authorized users are K-State faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Sharing electronic resources with non-authorized users is prohibited.

Not Everything on the Web is Free

While millions of resources are available online, not all are free. When you see the K-State name or logo on a resource or website, it means that K-State pays for access to the resource.

Sharing passwords, placing licensed materials on a publicly accessible website, and commercial use of licensed information is prohibited.