Licensing Database

Queen’s subscribes to hundreds of databases that include millions of journal articles, newspaper articles and ebooks. For each of these databases, Queen’s signs a license that allows students, faculty and staff to use the materials in these databases for different purposes. Most databases allow you to link to material, but some also allow you to include material in coursepacks and/or post materials in Learning Management Systems like Moodle. 

In the past, it has been very difficult to find out what rights were included in each license, but we have now put in place a database that allows you to find out exactly what is permitted under the terms of the licensing agreements that we have with each database provider. This information is now integrated into services like Summon and the Get It! @ Queen's links that appear when searching in Google Scholar – meaning that you will not need to search a stand-alone database to find out what you can do with specific articles.

The Licensing Information Database

Watch a quick video of how this new service works here : Licensing Database 2-Minute Demo

If you have any questions about the terms of use for these databases, please send an email to Mark Swartz at

Note: This menu will only appear for some of the databases in our collection. This is just a start – over the coming months, we will be adding Terms of Use information for all of the databases in the library electronic collection. 

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