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Electronic Resources Access Policy

Electronic Resources Access Policy

Electronic resources made available by the Texas Tech University Law Library are restricted to authorized users. The term "Authorized users" includes Texas Tech University School of Law students, faculty, staff, and other authorized users—or, where permitted by a license agreement, to Texas Tech University Campus students, faculty, staff, and other authorized users—are for activities that support the University's mission. Access to electronic resources through the Law Library is governed by the following:

  • University, Law School, and Law Library policies
  • Contractual license and terms of service agreements with publishers and vendors
  • Copyright law

When using licensed electronic resources, authorized users are responsible for:

  • familiarizing with and complying with the licensing terms associated with the particular resource.
  • limiting uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes.
  • not systematic or bulk downloading or printing of content. Please note that downloading an entire issue of a journal or an entire book is usually considered a systematic download.
  • not sharing content with unauthorized users. Sharing content or client software used to search licensed resources to content an unauthorized user may be seen as a violation.
  • not altering content or creating derivative content.
  • avoiding any activity that may infringe the copyright notice or statement associated with the content.
  • not uploading licensed resources to generative AI platforms.

Vendors and publishers of electronic resources may have the technical means to monitor, count, control, and deny access if they suspect improper use. Such activity in violation of the license agreement jeopardizes the continued access to and use of any licensed electronic resources by the entire Texas Tech University School of Law community.

The Law Library subscribes to three major legal research services, Westlaw, Lexis+, and Bloomberg Law. Access to these accounts is limited to current law faculty, staff, and students.

If you are unsure whether your need constitutes a violation, please contact the Electronic & Digital Service Librarian, Dajiang Nie, for assistance.