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Responsible Use of Electronic Resources
We cannot provide access to most research and scholarly publications without a signed license agreement. 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.
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, they are not all free. When you see the K-State name or logo on a resource or website it means that K-State pays to have access to the resource.
Sharing passwords, placing licensed materials on a publicly accessible website, and commercial use of licensed information is prohibited.