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Terms and conditions of use

E-resources are subject to copyright law just like printed materials and their use is also governed by the licence agreements that UCL signs with publishers when arranging electronic access.

These agreements set out how the e-resources may be used and who may use them. You are responsible for ensuring that you use e-resources in accordance with these requirements. Please remember that your UCL username and password are for your use only and must never be disclosed to others.

What can I use e-resources for?

You can use e-resources for private study, teaching and / or research, provided that these activities are for non-commercial purposes.

What can I do with e-resources?

As a general rule you may, for your own personal non-commercial use (private study, teaching, research):

  • print a single copy of an article or chapter;
  • save a copy of an article or chapter;
  • print single copies of or save limited extracts from a database.

What can I NOT do with e-resources?


  • use the e-resources for any commercial purpose;
  • make multiple print or electronic copies of a single article or chapter;
  • make print or permanent electronic copies of more than one article from one issue of a journal or one chapter from an e-book
  • engage in systematic or excessive downloading, either manually or through the use of technical means such as robots;
  • provide print or electronic copies of material to anyone;
  • post any content on the Internet or other electronic network;
  • remove or alter publisher copyright notices, authors' names, journal / book / chapter / article titles or any other means of identification;
  • alter or adapt material from the e-resources.