Finding usage rights

Use the following steps to find usage rights for library licensed content. 

  1. Search for the title (either of the article or the journal) you want to use in the catalogue
  2. Click on the title. 
  3. Scroll down to 'View Online'. If there is more than one source, find the source that has the coverage that you need.
  4. Click 'Show License'.

Remember that the license summary simply shows whether you can use the content. You still need to adhere to fair dealing amounts to guide your use of 'how much' content.

Example

You want to use the following article as assigned reading, and want to upload the PDF of the article to LEARN:

Lustig, R., Schmidt, L. & Brindis, C. The toxic truth about sugar. Nature 482, 27–29 (2012) doi:10.1038/482027a

Once you've located the article or journal in the catalogue, click on the entry.

In the 'View Online' section you'll see all of the sources where full text access for the particular item exist. Find the source that provides access for the content you want, and click 'Show License' on the right hand side of the page.

View Online section of the catalogue; three sources displayed; third source is Nature, red box around the 'Show license' button

Clicking the 'Show License' section will display all of the usage rights for the content from that provider. Look for your intended use to see if the license permits that action. In this case the license permits use in LEARN.

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Please contact the copyright@uwaterloo.ca if:

  • You want to use licensed materials for scholarly sharing - this use is not covered in the License Database

  • You can't find usage rights listed for the content you want to use

  • You are looking for usage rights for a database

  • You have any questions about your intended use