Copyright and Electronic Resources

Most of the electronic resources such as online journals, databases and ebooks available through the NCAR Library are owned by a third party. Their use is governed by license agreements and copyright restrictions. Here is an basic overview of who can use electronic resources and how those resources may and may not be used:

Use of licensed content is restricted to:

  • Current UCAR/NCAR employees and official visitors. "Current" is defined as having active status in the UCAR/NCAR HR database. Employees and visitors include both permanent and temporary staff, as well as official visitors, consultants and students.
  • Members of the public using a computer within the NCAR Library.

As a licensed user you may:

  • Download or print individual articles, chapters or other items on a limited basis.
  • Send an article, chapter or other item to current UCAR/NCAR employees and official visitors.
  • Link to individual articles, chapters or other items on a publisher's website.

You may not:

  • Systematically download, save, print or distribute a large number of items. For example, you may not download every article from a journal issue, create a database or website of downloaded materials without the expressed permission of the copyright holder.
  • Send an article, chapter or other item to anyone other than current UCAR/NCAR employees and official visitors.
  • Post an article, chapter or other items in ANY open environment, including open websites, mailing lists, electronic bulletin boards, blogs, etc. without the expressed permission of the copyright holder.

It is up to you to ensure that any electronic resource you obtain is used for scholarly research, educational or personal non-commercial use only. If you have any questions regarding copyright restrictions, please Ask a Librarian.