Databases and eJournals
Electronic resources can only be used for legal purposes and the user is responsible, in accordance with applicable laws, if he violates protected access, copyright and licenses and if he makes an improper use of them.
Before consulting any electronic resource, it is therefore advisable to read its usage rules.
Great part of online resources is accessible from home o from any internet connection outside the University network by means of the two following services: BIBLIOPASS and PROXY Unito. For further information please refer to the dedicated page.
Electronic resources, in general, are purchased by negotiating costs and methods of accessing them with suppliers.
Negotiations can take place at:
- University level (for databases of more general interest)
- at the level of the individual library (for specific databases of interest only to stakeholders of that specific library)
- at inter-library consortium level (for databases of interest to stakeholders of a limited number of libraries).
Among the things that are decided during the negiotiation phase are:
- the possible stakeholders to be granted for access. This aspect affects who and from where a specific resource can access/be accessed (e.g. all users of the University, only users of a specific library or a group of libraries, etc. ..)
- how to access the resource: this aspect affects what the user must do to be able to consult the resource and also where this resource can actually be consulted.
The two main ways in which you can access a purchased resource are:
- IP access
The IP address of the machine is a technical parameter that uniquely identifies each machine on the computer network to which it belongs. In this case, access is transparent to the user. All he has to do is connect to the resource through a suitable link and if the machine from which he connects is enabled he will automatically be recognized as having the right to consult the resource.
- access by username / password
In this case, the user must contact his / her reference library for access credentials and can consult the resource only from the University workstations.
Sometimes a combination of these two systems can be adopted and in addition a limited number of simultaneous users having the right to consult the resource can also be provided.
Some suppliers of electronic resources may also impose limits on the amount of the downloaded data or documents contained within the resource in order to contrast indiscriminate downloading. In these cases, the University structures are carefully monitored and if users indiscriminately download documents or data from a given resource, the supplier can decide to stop accessing it or request an increase in costs.
For these reasons, users are invited to download the documents of their interest in a critical and careful way, so as not to compromise their access by others.