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Copyright for Faculty and Staff


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Sam Cheng
FAAD & Copyright Education

Library Databases

Usage terms of library databases

To share ebooks, online articles, streaming videos, etc., from Sheridan Library's databases, the best practice is to use persistent links. Persistent links ensure on- and off- campus access to the materials and may be posted in SLATE. 

While linking is generally allowed, the licence terms of some databases do not permit downloading and re-posting PDFs in SLATE. To check what is permitted for a resource:   

  • In Summon, click on the "Permitted Uses" link for the resource you're interested in. See below for an example.


  • The "Permitted Uses" information is also available on the A-Z Databases List.


Please contact Sam Cheng, Open Education and Copyright Librarian (, if you have a question about whether you may use a licensed material for your teaching or scholarly purpose.