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Credo Reference Terms of Use

Note: access to credoreference.com implies full compliance with the terms of this usage agreement.

You (Licensee) are granted the non-exclusive and non-transferable right to access the Credo Reference online service. By your usage of the Credo Reference Service you are agreeing to abide by the following Terms of Use. Where applicable, these Terms of Use apply to individuals and institutions using the Credo Reference Service, and, where applicable, are subject to the License Agreement entered into by Credo and the applicable institution. Trial users may access this online service for a limited period of time for the purposes of determining its suitability for purchase. During the trial period, the trial user will be subject to the same terms and conditions as a paying subscriber. Any breach of this license will result in the immediate termination of access by Credo Reference.

Permitted Use

Credo Reference grants the Licensee the non-exclusive and non-transferable rights to:

  1. Access Credo Reference through this website in order to search Credo and to view, retrieve, and display entries included in the service;
  2. Electronically bookmark, download and save individual entries and images included in Credo Reference; and
  3. Print out single copies of individual entries and images from Credo Reference for purposes of private study or research.

Limitations on Use

The licensee may not:

  1. Use the material contained within for commercial purposes;
  2. Remove or alter the authors' names or Credo Reference's or third-party copyright notices or other means of identification or disclaimers as they appear in Credo Reference;
  3. Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple entries of Credo Reference for any purpose;
  4. Display or distribute any part of Credo Reference on any electronic network, including, without limitation, the Internet and the World Wide Web; and.
  5. Use any other Licensee’s username and password to access the Credo Reference Service.

The licensee must obtain the written permission of Credo Reference in order to:

  1. Use all or any part of Credo Reference for any commercial use, meaning any use of Credo Reference for the purposes of monetary reward (whether by the Licensee or any other person or entity) by means of sale, resale, loan, transfer, hire, or other form of exploitation;
  2. Intentionally distribute the whole or any part of Credo Reference;
  3. Publish, distribute, or make available works based upon Credo Reference, or works which combine Credo Reference with any other material; or
  4. Alter, abridge, adapt, or modify Credo Reference.

Nothing in this Terms of Use shall limit the Licensee's rights to make fair use of Credo Reference, as that term is defined by the courts.

Use of the Credo Reference Service is limited to Authorized Users. For purposes herein, “Authorized Users” shall mean (a) every member of staff employed by or otherwise accredited by a Licensee that previously entered into License Agreement with Credo Reference and such License Agreement is still in effect; (b) every student accredited to an institution that is a Licensee for the purpose of full-time or part-time attendance; and (c) individual members of the public registered as users of the library or information service of any Licensee and walk-in users; in each case, who are permitted access to Credo Reference by the Licensee. In the event an Authorized User is subject to a License Agreement or there is a conflict between the License Agreement and the Terms of Use, the terms of the License Agreement shall control.

The Licensee, to the extent applicable, shall use all reasonable efforts to ensure that all Authorized Users are appropriately notified of the importance of respecting the intellectual property rights relating to Credo Reference. Each Authorized User is responsible for maintaining the secrecy and confidentiality of its user name and password and for all usage of the Credo Reference Service thereunder.

The Licensee shall use all reasonable efforts to notify Authorized Users of the terms and conditions of this Terms of Use, and, to the extent applicable, the License Agreement, and to protect Credo Reference from any use that is not permitted under the Terms of Use and License Agreement (if applicable), and shall notify Credo Reference of any such use of which the Licensee becomes aware. In the event of any unauthorized use of Credo Reference, Credo Reference shall have the right to immediately suspend the Licensee’s access to Credo Reference and work with Licensee to resolve the situation expeditiously. Any failure to fulfill the Licensee’s obligations under this Section shall be considered a material breach of these Terms of Use.

Acknowledgement and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

The Licensee acknowledges that all copyrights, patent rights, trademarks, services marks, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights relating to Credo Reference (collectively the “Credo Reference Intellectual Property”) and within the Credo Reference Service, are the sole and exclusive property of Credo Reference and the third-party publishers who have licensed their works to Credo Reference, and that this does not convey to the Licensee any right, title, or interest therein except for the right to use Credo Reference in accordance with these Terms of Use.

Warranty

AUTHORIZED USERS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT CREDO REFERENCE IS NOT THE CREATOR OF ANY CONTENT, BUT MERELY A THIRD-PARTY AGGREGATOR. IT DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION NOR ANY INFORMATION FROM ANY OTHER THIRD-PARTY INTERNET RESOURCES. THIS SERVICE IS BEING PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR IMPLIED TERM OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR IMPLIED TERMS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. ALL SUCH IMPLIED TERMS AND WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.

BY ACCESSING THIS WEB SITE YOU AGREE THAT CREDO REFERENCE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS ARISING FROM THE USE OF THE INFORMATION AND MATERIAL CONTAINED IN THIS WEB SITE OR FROM YOUR ACCESS OF OTHER MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET VIA WEB LINKS FROM THIS SITE. THIS LIMITATION IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THESE TERMS OF USE AND CREDO REFERENCE WOULD NOT OTHERWISE AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE CREDO REFERENCE SERVICE WITHOUT THIS LIMITATION.

Privacy Policy

Credo Reference will not share email addresses with anyone outside Credo Reference or disclose user information to any third party, except as described herein. Credo Reference may use the personal data the Licensee provide online to send the Licensee information about offers that we feel may be of interest to the Licensee. Credo Reference requires contractual obligations with content providers with which it exchanges information as necessary to conduct its business. These exchanges of information ensure safeguards for the privacy of the information we may use. This is the same standard used for information supplied through other means. Only Credo Reference will send the Licensee these direct mailings. In addition, Credo Reference may provide aggregated, anonymous statistical data about use of the Credo Reference service to other persons.

Miscellaneous

These Terms of Use are subject to, and shall be construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The parties agree to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. These Terms of Use will not be governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the Sale of Goods. Credo Reference may change these Terms of Use from time to time. Any material modifications will be posted on the Credo Reference website. A material modification will be effective with respect to an Authorized User within thirty (30) days of notice of such modification if the Authorized User has not objected to such modified Terms of Use within such time period. Any non-material modifications shall be effective when made.