How do I determine the rights and permissions of a resource?

Check a resource's permitted uses through the library catalogue. All digital resources are assigned permissions for usage, based on the licence held by the university.

eBook and journal permissions can be found in the catalogue record for the individual title:


Journal articles include a drop-down tab for permissions:


Resources may include a stipulation about the number of users. Print resources have single user licenses (meaning that they can only be accessed by one person at any one time) and copying excerpts and sections of those materials for teaching purposes must be determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with course reserves and the syllabus service. If an electronic resource is reserved for a single user,  and you plan to use it in your teaching, please get in contact with the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office to assess your options and ensure the material will be available for your students.


Understanding Permissions

Permitted uses may include:

  • Research or Private Study - refers to the ability for a user to look at the materials and use them in cited work or course research.
  • Linking  - refers to the ability for a user to provide a link to the resource via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This does not include photocopying and subsequently providing a link to a PDF version of the resource.
  • Quercus or course web pages - refers to the ability to post a copy (PDF normally) into Quercus, in accordance with the library's licencing terms. You are able to post an excerpt of the text under the assumption that students in the course are subject to standard access rights for materials. You may not place PDF copies of full book resources into Quercus, unless the book is explicitly open access.
  • Printing - refers to the ability for the user to use a licenced print shop to make copies available for purchase by students in course packs.
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