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Terms of Use for Library Resources

By logging in to use a digital library resource, you agree to abide by the contracts and license agreements between Houston Community College and the vendor providing this resource. You are expected to make good faith efforts to comply with the usage privileges and restrictions outlined below. Failure to do so may result in penalties or even prosecution.

The use of digital library resources is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of Houston Community College. Persons who are not currently enrolled or employed by HCC, or who do not have an HCC login, may use these resources within the libraries.

In using digital library resources, you agree to

  • abide by the Copyright Act of 1976
  • limit your use to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes
  • never share your login information

While using digital library resources, you may

  • print and download limited amounts of information
  • quote information with proper attribution
  • copy an article for your personal teaching or research use
  • create a link to the article you are using
  • distribute a limited number of copies of this article to other internal (HCC) users

In addition, some vendors allow faculty and librarians to

  • create electronic reserves
  • create single-semester-use coursepacks

You may not use digital library resources to

  • systematically download large amounts of information, such as all the articles in a single journal
  • attempt to circumvent authorized use or login
  • attempt to modify, circumvent, reverse engineer, decompile, or translate vendor software
  • create or attempt to create a database of resources
  • print or post a copy of an article from this database to another computer (you may post a link to it)
  • distribute copies of articles or portions of these publications to individuals or groups outside of HCC (non-subscribers)
  • sell or distribute articles or portions of articles from this resource to institutions for commercial purposes or for cost-avoidance or reduction by a non-subscribing institution

Vendors often monitor use to verify compliance with license agreements and contracts. Breach of license by a single user or group of users provides grounds for the vendor to restrict or remove access from HCC.

You are accountable for respecting these terms of use when accessing digital library resources.

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