Copyright at the University Library: Licensed Resources

Usage Rights Database for U of S Ejournals

The University Library's Usage Rights Database is designed to assist you to find important license information as it pertains to the use of licensed electronic resources.

When searching for a specific e-journal title, you can see what is, and is not, permitted to use for the purpose of:

  • placing on e-reserves,
  • posting to a content management system
  • creating a persistent electronic list, OR
  • making print or electronic copies.

A 3 minute YouTube video shows you how to search for e-resources and discover the allowable uses as determined by licenses that the library signs with e-resource owners/providers on behalf of the university.

For example, Urban Water Journal is available as an e-journal.

Clicking on More info shows the licensing terms and permissions.

Creative Commons Resources

The following websites provide links to freely available or those resources that have a Creative Commons license with generous usage terms. It is up to the user to verify the terms of use and follow the licensing terms.

  • Creative Commons Search  provides access to search services such as Wikimedia Commons, Google Images, Open Clip Art Library, Flickr

  • Internet Archive is a non-profit library "... that collects published works and makes them available in digital formats." Books, texts, audio recordings, videos, images and software programs have been archived.The Wayback Machine archives the web back 20+ years.

  • Images Canada search for images from some Canadian archives, libraries, museums and universities. Last updated in 2002.