Database, book and journal collections are offered to faculty, students and staff at Polytechnique Montréal pursuant to contracts between the Library and the suppliers of these resources. Users must comply with the Copyright Act and the rules set forth in the contracts signed by the Library. We invite you to consult, as an example, Elsevier’s Rules (published by ScienceDirect) as detailed in their pamphlet : "Ways to Use Articles Published by Elsevier: A Practical Guide".
Non-compliance with the Copyright Act or licensing agreements can result in the at-fault users losing related privileges.
In certain cases, misuse can lead to the temporary or permanent interruption of access for all Polytechnique Montréal users.
Here is a general overview of what is considered acceptable and unacceptable use of electronic resources:
It is generally acceptable to:
Conduct research in databases and in collections of electronic documents, and to display and print search results for personal research and study use;
Download and save a reasonable number of bibliographic references, individual articles and short passages from books on a local drive (hard disk, CD, etc.) for personal research and study use.
It is strictly forbidden to grant access to resources paid by the Library to users who are neither professors, students nor staff of Polytechnique Montréal.
It is generally unacceptable to:
Reproduce or download, in a substantial or systematic manner, content from databases, e-journals and e-books (e.g., downloading full issues of an e-journal is considered unacceptable);
Create derived products such as local document databases;
Redistribute the data, and printed or downloaded texts to other users.