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Terms and Conditions for Article Databases, Ejournals, and Ebooks

The Library's article databases, ejournals, and ebooks may be used only by current staff and students of Massey University:

  • Students must be currently-enrolled in an approved course of study at Massey University
  • Staff must have a valid Massey University staff username

Alumni have access to a selection of article databases, ejournals, and ebooks (Library membership is required).

Members of the public may consult a selection of article databases, ejournals, and ebooks in person, within any Massey campus library

Publishers, Massey University Library, and ITS staff can monitor the use of all Massey staff and students. If licences are breached by anyone inside or outside the University, publishers can suspend all University access to the resource in question. Licence violations traced back to specific users may result in the suspension of individual accounts or other disciplinary measures.

General Usage Guidelines

In general, it is LEGAL to:

  • download and save and/or print limited portions of content; for example, one or two articles from a journal issue, or one chapter of an ebook, for personal use
  • share content with other Massey University students, staff, and researchers by sharing links to content
  • use content for Massey University-related assignments, research, or instruction
  • include links to content from secure teaching environments such as Stream

In general, it is ILLEGAL to:

  • share your Massey University username and password with anyone
  • post content to any non-secure public space such as web sites, social media, or blogs
  • use content for commercial purposes, or for the benefit of any party external to Massey University
  • distribute content to anyone who is not affiliated with Massey University, including your non-Massey employers
  • use content without citing the source
  • remove or obscure copyright notices
  • download or make mass, automated, or systematic copies of content for electronic or hard copy distribution or storage
  • modify content or create derivative works or mashups
  • reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, modify, translate the source code, or create derivative works

Sharing Ejournal Articles in "Journal Clubs" and for Other Scholarly Purposes

When emailing an article to your colleagues, it is better to send a link to the article in question rather than emailing a PDF as an attachment. The same is true for getting together with your colleagues to discuss a journal article: please email a link to the article prior to the meeting rather than printing one copy of the article, and then making photocopies of that copy.

Linking to, rather than photocopying, the article ensures that we are within the licence parameters of every publisher, as all electronic journal publishers (except Harvard Business Review) permit this activity. Furthermore, linking to the article allows the Library to track accurate usage statistics so that we know which journals to renew, and which journals might be candidates for cancellation.