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Copyright: Licensed Library Resources & Electronic Resources


Use of Licensed Library Resources

NIC Library offers electronic resources for staff, faculty, and current students in the form of article databases, e-journals, e-books, and streaming videos. These resources are governed by license agreements with the resource providers. The agreements specify the restrictions on the uses that can be made of the electronic resources and the groups of individuals who can access them. The Copyright Licenses Permissions Chart provides an overview of permitted uses of selected resources. If you have any questions please contact Mary Anne Guenther, 250-334-5001 or

Please remember that violations of our license terms by anyone can result in the loss of access to that resource for the entire college community.

General Restrictions

You may not, under any circumstance, do any of the following:

  • use any part of the electronic resource for a commercial purpose.
  • use software such as webcrawlers or other automated means to systematically make copies of extracts of the electronic resource for any purpose.
  • mount, post or distribute any part of the electronic resource on unsecured electronic networks, such as electronic bulletin boards, news groups and web sites. For clarification, posting to e-reserves or to a learning management system may be allowed by the license. Check specific license permissions for further information.
  • obscure or alter any copyright or other notices appearing in the electronic resource
  • publish, distribute or make available any portion of the electronic resource except as detailed in the specific license permissions or as permitted by the Fair Dealing provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act.
Copyright, Interlibrary Loans and Electronic Resources FAQ

Can I get the library to send me electronic copies of articles using the interlibrary loan service?

What are licenses for electronic resources?

Electronic Resource Copyright Overview
Usually OK: Not OK:
making a limited number of print or electronic copies for your personal use  systematic or substantial printing, copying or downloading (such as entire journal issues)
using materials for personal, instructional or research needs selling or re-distributing content, or providing access to someone outside of the college community, such as an employer
sharing with NIC faculty, staff and students sharing with people other than registered NIC faculty, staff and students
posting links to specific content posting actual content or articles to third party web sites or listservs
  modifying or altering the contents of licensed resources in any way

Always acknowledge your source on any published or unpublished document when you use data found on electronic resources.

GREY AREAS: Some license agreements make express allowances for electronic reserves, course packs, multiple copies for classroom use and interlibrary lending. Other licenses may prohibit one or more of these activities.

For more information about electronic resources and interlibrary loans please contact the library at 250-334-5037.

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