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Terms of use

When using one of the databases to which the Library subscribes, you are obliged to abide by its terms or conditions of use. Please check under the A-Z database list for terms of use for individual databases.

General rules

  • Use of the databases is for academic research, study and teaching only.
  • The databases may not be used for commercial research. Students on work placements may not use the databases subscribed to by SOAS for work of significant benefit to their employer.
  • Copyright regulations must be observed at all times. You may not download whole issues of journals or multiple copies of journal articles from full text databases (e.g. JSTOR and EBSCOhost).
  • All library members (including day members) may have access to some databases if the license allows.
  • Only SOAS students and staff are entitled off-campus use of electronic resources.

Failure to abide by the terms of use of the databases may result in loss of access to electronic resources.

If you have any queries about terms of use please contact the Electronic Services Librarian

More information

General Licence conditions (CHEST) - covers many of the databases subscribed to by SOAS.

Electronic copyright - Report on fair dealing in an electronic environment, jointly produced by the Publishers Association and JISC in 1997.