Use of Licensed Databases

Databases provided by McKee Library are for noncommercial, educational, or personal research purposes only. Commercial use of licensed materials is prohibited. Violation of this prohibition can result in loss of access for the entire campus.

When using licensed electronic resources, users must:

  • Limit uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes
  • Not compile data/information found in a licensed resource into a separate database for public use
  • Not facilitate unauthorized access by others (i.e., do not share your database account ID/password with others)
  • Not engage in systematic downloading of licensed content (i.e., downloading entire issues of electronic journals and large-scale downloading from databases to create other collections of data)
  • Comply with license terms associated with specific resources
  • Not distribute copies of material to individuals or groups outside the campus community, unless the license for the resource specifically allows it
  • Not share client software used to search licensed resources with individuals or groups outside Southern Adventist University‚Äôs campus
  • Adhere to copyright law, as stated in Title 17 of the United States Code
  • Give proper attribution when quoting from material

Who may use McKee Library databases:

  • All McKee Library patrons are welcome to access our databases using one of the workstations in the library or through a laptop or handheld device connected to Southern's Wi-Fi network.
  • Off-campus access is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of Southern Adventist University, as stipulated in our database license agreements.

Notes to faculty:

  1. Many licenses restrict the downloading and posting of licensed content on another server, even for use in course-related websites or course reserves systems. In general, it is preferable to use a permalink to the electronic articles rather than to download and store articles on servers.
  2. Most content providers consider data-mining or auto-crawling of their content as an inappropriate use. If you are planning a project that requires data-mining or auto-crawling any library database, please contact Donald Martin to obtain permission before starting such activity.

Please contact Donald Martin if have questions about this policy or about specific databases.