The UCLA Library regularly licenses access to scholarly resources across the disciplines for the entire University community. This often comes in the form of electronic access to commercial databases, usually arranging the content of scholarly journals, electronic books, and data sets.
Some of these commercial vendors are allowing our users to access their data for TDM purposes in the terms of our license. These resources are listed in a specific section of this guide.
While we are always striving to expand access to accommodate these valid TDM uses of the content, most of our current licenses do not allow for systematic downloading of content for TDM purposes. Commercial vendors actively monitor database activity to detect when users are downloading large amounts of text or data in systematic ways. When UCLA users are detected doing so, it can trigger a “breach” of our license terms and suspend access for the entire University community.
Besides the exceptions mentioned above, TDM projects hoping to utilize licensed library resources require special arrangements, often involving additional fees to arrange access to the data, either via unique access to the data via API or by arranging for a download of the data for limited purposes. If you are interested in initiating such a project, please contact a librarian in Scholarly Communication and Licensing to begin exploring the possibility.