Using electronic resources

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Electronic resources are generally licensed by the University of Ottawa Library. Many publishers allow redistribution through a persistent or stable link – see Linking to full-text articles and e-books. Occasionally the licence terms allow you to post a PDF article or book section to a learning management system (such as Virtual Campus), an electronic reserve system (such as Ares) or to print it for use in class or in a course pack.

It is important that you verify the uses permitted under the University’s licence, before you do so – for e-journals and e-books, see Licence lookup tutorial. You should also make sure to familiarize yourself with the Conditions of use for electronic resources.

Common formats used for teaching purposes are:

  1. Journal Articles – search for available journals by title or ISSN.
  2. E-books – make sure to check the maximum number of concurrent users, since books with limited access may not be appropriate for teaching purposes
  3. Images – for more information regarding use of images found in University electronic resources, review the Library's image research guide.
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Should you have any questions concerning the conditions of use of electronic resources, please contact erinfo@uottawa.ca. If you are experiencing issues accessing our online resources, please contact the Library's technical support.

For concerns related to copyright, contact the Copyright Office.

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