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Permitted Use of Licensed Content

As an instructor, you may have found it confusing to know what you can do with digital materials, such as journals, books, reports, proceedings, and videos. The terms of use are traditionally only specified within our license agreement. We are now beginning to make the rights information publicly available for many of our collections and individual titles.

Permitted Use information is provided under the following categories:

  • Research and Study for Authorized Users
  • Print for class handouts
  • Distribute a link or persistent URL
  • Distribute a PDF through D2L or Course Reserves
  • Use images for academic purposes
  • Unlimited simultaneous users

In the e-Resource record, look for the Permitted Use link:

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Please note that the Permitted Use link is only available in the e-Resource record, not the catalogue record currently.


Starting at the e-Resources page, searching for Science Direct yields:

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Or starting at the Journals & Newspapers tab and searching for Tetrahedron (a Science Direct title) yields:

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Remember that the Permitted Use link only appears beside the versions of a title that are electronic. However, some titles come from several different sources and have different terms of use in their licenses. For example, searching Canadian Consulting Engineer from Journals & Newspapers yields:

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Each electronic version has its own terms of use (license), which is why you see a Permitted Use link beside each version.

Further Support

Contact Us

If you require further assistance or have questions about titles and collections with or without Permitted Use links, please contact Linda Roulston, Electronic Licensing Librarian ( or 506-451-6879), or your Liaison Librarian.

Copyright @ UNB

While the rights negotiated in our license agreements should be considered the primary source for any terms of use, it is also important to consider fair dealing and educational exceptions in the Canadian Copyright Act. Detailed information about copyright and further support are provided through this extensive Copyright @ UNB website, including contact information for the UNB Libraries Copyright Officer.

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