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 onQ. 

In the past, it has been very difficult to find out what rights were included in each license, but we now have 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. 

The Licensing Information Database

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


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