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Research Workstation Use Policy


The libraries provide access to numerous licensed databases, access to the worldwide web, DALNET and other catalogs, and some of the Microsoft Office suite. Every effort is made to keep the automation system working 24/7 and all onsite computers at the most efficient level as possible. If you are having onsite problem with equipment, please ask for assistance at the Research and Information Desk. If the difficulty is with off-campus access to the online UDM resources, contact the Associate Dean for Public Services (

Who has priority access?

Public Computer Workstations are provided in the Libraries/IDS to meet the research and educational needs of UDM students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. UDM students, faculty, and staff will be given priority access to the workstations. All workstation users may be required to present UDM identification indicating their status as currently enrolled student, faculty, or staff in order to receive and/or be denied such priority access. As an exception to this policy, members of the general public who wish to conduct research in government documents may have use of one of the reference desk computers at any time. Anyone requesting access to federal depository materials will not be asked for identification.

Use of computers

Use of computers, databases, and Internet is a privilege afforded student, faculty, and staff, and the expectation is that individuals will act responsibly within the University Library system guidelines. These guidelines include:

  • User is responsible for complying with the regulations in the U.S. Copyright Act and all subsequent addendums relative to printing and/or downloading information
  • User is responsible for respecting the intellectual property rights of licensed materials and shall properly cite in any report, research project, or presentation the source of information taken from a database or the Internet
  • User is responsible for not using any of the database licensed materials for commercial use unless permitted by the publisher
  • User shall not display pornographic materials which are inappropriate for display on public workstations
  • User shall not attempt to breach the UDM libraries or University computer system
  • User is responsible for keeping his/her ID T number for remote access confidential.


Although every effort is make to maintain all the library computers, equipment does fail without prior notice. In the case of computer failure or malfunction, the library system is not liable for loss or damage to any personal work of a student, faculty, staff, or community user.

It cannot be assumed that information found on the Internet is scholarly, accurate, most current, written by an authority, or even complete. It is the user's responsibility to evaluate the source and to determine its validity. The library system is not liable for a user's use or acceptance of the quality of information accessed on the Internet.

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