Terms of use for online resources

When using online library resources including databases, journals and ebooks you must comply with:

  • The Copyright Act and any other legal requirements
  • Licence conditions that apply to any database or online resource.

How can you use online resources?

It is usually permitted to:

  • print, save, or email a reasonable number of articles or a reasonable amount of other information
  • make and use a copy for your personal teaching, learning and research at Swinburne
  • share a copy with other staff and students at Swinburne
  • make a link to an article in a database.

It is usually not permitted to:

  • make a large number of copies from the same journal or database
  • make multiple copies of the same article to use as class handouts or in coursepacks
  • do any sort of systematic copying such as making a copy of every article in an issue of an online journal or making a copy of an entire online book
  • make a copy for use outside Swinburne
  • use a resource for profit or commercial purposes
  • share a copy with people outside Swinburne
  • make an electronic copy of a database article and post it online without permission.

Who can use a library database?

Current students and staff may use databases and online resources on the library website to support teaching, learning and research at Swinburne. Some databases may also be used in campus libraries by visitors and registered borrowers