|Access to Computers
To use computers in public service areas of Founders Library/UGL, please log on with your ISAS-issued username and password. A few computers are available for visitors who are not affiliated with Howard University; please inquire at the service desk. Branch library accessibility policy varies.
Use of Computer Workstations and Electronic Resources
electronic resources made available by the University Libraries
to students, staff, and faculty
are for research and related activities in support of the
individual's role as a student, staff, or faculty or in
support of the University's mission. Priority for use of
these workstations is given to Howard
University students, faculty,
staff and others engaged in research activities.
shall not conduct business unrelated to the University or
excessively use resources for personal reasons; such use
includes, but is not limited to sending storing personal
files on computer systems; printing output for personal
projects without permission; using lab computers for long
times to send personal e-mail or web browsing.
accordance with the University Policy on Academic Freedom
and Responsibility, the University
Libraries do not control information available over the
Internet and are not responsible for its content. Patrons
should be aware that Internet sites may contain offensive
or controversial material. Parents
or legal guardians of minors are responsible for monitoring
the library activities of their children. Users at workstations
are in a public building and expected to show consideration
of electronic resources must be in accordance with the campus-wide
policy on Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources,
Code of Conduct and Judiciaries, Code
of Ethics and Conduct, and related guidelines. In addition,
U.S. Copyright Law and contractual license agreements govern
the access, use and reproduction of the electronic resources
that the University Libraries makes available to its users.
- Full privacy in open-access spaces cannot be guaranteed. Others may see what an individual is viewing. Users should clear the screen of search results when finished. Users should consider the sensibilities of others in accessing networked resources at public access stations and using shared printers. Display of sexually explicit material in these public settings may be considered intimidating, offensive, or hostile to others. Such activity may, therefore, constitute a violation of the University's Sexual Harassment Policy
Law (Title 17 of the United States Code)
(print or electronic) made by users of the University Librariesí
electronic resources are governed by the Fair Use Section
of U.S. Copyright Law, except when the resources are covered
by license agreements (see below). Fair Use generally permits
users to make reproductions for non-commercial, educational
purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship
and research. Reproductions are usually considered to be fair
use of the reproduced material is academic in nature, and
for nonprofit, educational purposes.
purpose of making reproductions is for time-shifting, i.e.
to make materials available for study at the user's convenience,
but not for archival purposes.
reproduction is for a single copy or one original, as opposed
to multiple copies.
reproduction is reasonable in length given the nature of
provided by the University Libraries.
(print or electronic) made by University Libraries staff for
users of the University Libraries' electronic resources are
governed by the Section 108 of U.S. Copyright Law, "Reproduction
by libraries and archives." As Howard
University and its Libraries
are non-profit, and open to the public, library staff are
permitted to provide its users with reproductions of electronic
resources provided that:
reproduction is for no more than one article or other contribution
to a copyrighted collection or periodical issue.
reproduction becomes the property of the user.
staff have no reason to believe that the reproduction will
be used for any other purpose other than private study,
scholarship or research.
of many electronic resources provided by the University Libraries
is governed by license agreements negotiated between the University
Libraries and publishers or third parties. Such licensing
agreements impose even greater restrictions on use than copyright
law. In general, these legally binding contracts allow students,
staff, faculty, and other authorized users to access these
resources for noncommercial, educational, scholarly and research
purposes. They generally prohibit large-scale systematic downloading
of articles or other information, sharing of articles or other
information with individuals at other institutions, and using
such articles or information for commercial purposes. In addition,
users should be aware that publishers may monitor use of electronic
resources to ensure that the terms of their licensing agreements
not share your access password with family, friends, or
co-workers. Electronic resources are licensed for use by
Howard University students, staff
and faculty. Other users may access such resources only
from a computer terminal in a campus library.
not download entire issues of electronic journals or attempt
to create large databases from bibliographic files. However,
it is acceptable to download reasonable amounts of citations
into bibliographic management software.
not share copies of material with friends at other institutions.
not copy and use material without proper attribution.
not share proprietary software (such as that needed to access
the Beilstein database) with individuals at other institutions
Pertaining to Networks and Computer Security
are prohibited from using systems and networks to conduct
various activities including, but not limited to, the following:
or use without explicit authorization accounts, information,
systems or networks at Howard or at other sites accessible
from Howard's networks.
or interfere with the performance or functional behavior
of systems or networks; such interference or disruption
includes, but is not limited to: propagation of computer
worms or viruses; the transmission of information which,
by virtue of its content, amount, or routing, degrades the
performance, functionality, or reliability or any network
with productivity, privacy, or comfort of users of systems
or networks; such interference or disruption includes, but
is not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising
or recruiting materials; transmission of annoying amounts
of information not desired by the recipient(s); impersonating
another user; attempting to gain access to or use the passwords
or access codes of another user; and altering or deleting
information belonging to another user.
copy, transmit, distribute or disclose any proprietary or
confidential information or data, including that pertaining
to Howard University's students, employees, vendors, donors,
and alumni; this applies to both print and electronic formats.