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About the Library

This guide covers policies, procedures and directions for the UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center

Electronic Resource Use

UT Southwestern Medical Center Health Sciences Digital Library & Learning Center provides institutional online access to quality health and medical electronic resources (i.e. eBooks, eJournals, databases). Electronic resource use is governed by institutional license agreements with terms of use, and is restricted to authorized users at UT Southwestern (faculty, residents, fellows, staff, students).

Publishers monitor use of their electronic resources, especially at the institutional level. Abuse of license terms of use may result in termination of individual privileges or termination of campus-wide access to particular resources.

Institutional license agreements generally permit the following uses for educational, personal, or research use only:

  1. Print limited amounts of data
  2. Download limited amounts of data
  3. Email search results or articles to self or another authorized user
  4. Re-use of limited amounts of content in electronic or print coursepacks

Institutional license agreements generally prohibit the following uses: 

  1. Print or download large amounts of data or an entire eBook or eJournal issue
  2. Retransmission of data to non-authorized users
  3. Commercial use of any kind
  4. Preparation of a derivative work or incorporation into any other work or system
  5. Sharing of individual passwords

Authorized users copyright protection for education and research purposes

UT Southwestern authorized users (faculty, residents, fellows, staff, students) are protected by a UT System Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) annual license agreement to manage copyright infringement risk for UT System campuses. The CCC license permits the use and distribution of content for purposes such as teaching, research collaboration, and scholarly sharing.

In addition to protection under the UT System CCC license, additional protections are provided by campus-wide institutional license agreements, fair use provisions under federal copyright law, and freely available materials with no copyright restrictions.

Together, these copyright protections constitute our “web of rights” to mitigate the risk of copyright infringement for all UT System authorized users.

If you have questions about authorized use of electronic resources licensed by UT Southwestern Medical Center Library, please email either  Kelly Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President for Library Services, or Richard Wayne, Assistant Director, or call 214.648.2626.

Remote Use of Electronic Library Resources

Authorized users are permitted to access many electronic resources from remote, non-campus locations (homes, offices, etc.) using acceptable remote access methods. For more information about those methods, please see the Library’s Off-Campus Access page.

Special request research assistance (by appointment only) is available with advance request.