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A Reminder about Appropriate Use of Library Electronic Resources

The Health Sciences Library negotiates and agrees to licenses for our electronic resources. These licenses permit certain uses of the e-resources and prohibit other uses.  In general, you may download and share resources or full-text (such as PDF downloads of articles) with other LSU Health Shreveport or University Health personnel.

The following uses of our resources are usually prohibited:

  • Sharing downloads with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport
  • Systematically running web crawlers to download copyrighted full-text content or download excessive numbers of bibliographic citations
  • Posting full-text or copyrighted content from databases to e-mail lists or worldwide file-sharing utilities such as Sci-Hub
  • Sharing usernames and passwords with colleagues not affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport

Publishers patrol electronic resource usage for potential violations of licensing agreements. Such violations could result in the publisher discontinuing access to the electronic resource for all of LSU Health Shreveport and University Health.

These policies are certainly not intended to deter using Library electronic resources. However, these restrictions are part of the regulatory environment in which we work. We are happy to answer questions if you are unsure about using Library online resources properly. 

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