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Licensed materials

Douglas College Library subscribes to electronic resources, including: 

  • Journals
  • E-books
  • Films
  • Databases


Use of these materials is subject to license agreements, which take precedent over legislative allowances, including fair dealing.  The licence agreements also set out the permitted uses for the content being provided, including whether the content may be included in coursepacks, eReserves systems, the InterLibrary Loans service and/or downloaded into a learning management system. 

  • Some permitted uses include a citation requirement. 
  • The permitted uses for many Library databases is available in the Databases A - Z list on the Library homepage. 
  • If you cannot locate the permitted uses for a database or other electronic resource licenced by the Library please email for assistance.

Check the license

Always check a license terms and conditions before using a resource for: 

  • E-reserves (including uploading a PDF to Blackboard)
  • Coursepacks

To check if a use is allowed:

  • Determine the database where the journal or ebook is discoverable
  • Locate the database under 'Databases by Title' on the library website
  • Check the database description to see if e-reserves or coursepacks are allowed


For questions or help determining license agreements, please contact


The information in this resource should not be considered legal advice. The purpose of this guide is to provide Douglas College faculty and students with general information about copyright.