The Pratt Library holds subscriptions to a variety of electronic content. Each of these subscriptions comes with a license that we must sign as an institution. These licenses outline how our institution may use the product in addition to the copyright laws put into place by the government; together they make up what is considered "Acceptable Use" of our subscribed content.
The following is the detailed Acceptable Use Policy of UC that applies to both the University of Cincinnati resources as well as Pratt resources (and can also be found here: http://www.libraries.uc.edu/about/policies/acceptable-use.html:
UC's Libraries provide access to various electronic information resources, including access to local, national, and international sources of information including periodical indexes, on-line catalogs, CD-ROM’s, full text databases and the Internet.
Access to all information resources, including the online resources at University of Cincinnati Libraries, is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users of the system to protect the rights of the community. These resources are available for individual educational and research purposes only.
University of Cincinnati Libraries recognize that electronic communications and computer resources are no different than any other form of communication or resource available at the University. Users of this medium are bound by but not limited to:
The following types of activities are examples of behavior that are unethical and unacceptable, and in some cases may violate state or federal law:
The Internet is one of the resources available from UC Libraries. It is a global electronic network with a highly diverse user population. The University of Cincinnati Libraries do not monitor and have no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Comments on the contents of any home page should be directed to the appropriate page authors. Internet users should bear in mind:
There are materials and other information resources that users may find controversial, inappropriate or offensive.
Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found.
University of Cincinnati Libraries is not responsible for damages, indirect or direct, arising from a library patron’s use of Internet information resources.
Breach of Policy
Violation of any aspect of this policy may result in the loss of library and/or university privileges. The library reserves the right to:
Databases and other electronic resources provided by purchase or lease through University of Cincinnati Libraries are governed by the terms and conditions of the license agreement between University of Cincinnati Libraries and the resource producer (which may be a private commercial company, professional association, or government agency).
The points above offer general guidelines for acceptable use of licensed databases. Some databases carry an online copyright notice or other detailed statement of their specific terms and conditions. A database's own statement takes precedence over these general guidelines.