Using electronic resources

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.

Should you have any questions concerning the conditions of use of electronic resources, please contact 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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