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Q: Can I share documents downloaded from MIT Libraries' resources with my host company?
A: Unfortunately, we are not allowed to distribute materials from proprietary sources directly to host companies or to anyone else who is not a current student or employee of MIT. This would violate our licensing agreements which restrict use to the MIT community and can lead to loss of access to these sources for future students and for the Institute. There is no distinction between electronic and print documents, or from country-to-country, in this matter.
Q: Can I use information from MIT Libraries' resources in my team's deliverables?
A: Yes. It is OK to use data and analysis derived from our information vendors' products as background knowledge, in your analyses, and in your class deliverables-- including your presentations and posters-- as part of the educational components of your Action Learning class (don't forget to cite your sources).
Q: Do I have access to these resources after graduation?
A: No, most electronic resources are available to currently-enrolled MIT students only. In most cases, you will lose access to electronic resources shortly after you graduate.
Q: Can I access electronic resources from off-campus?
A: Yes. You will be able to access MOST (but not all) of the library's web-based databases while traveling abroad from wherever you have a reliable internet connection. You will be authenticated via your MIT certificates or your MIT Kerberos credentials. If you are counting on access to a particular source while you are traveling abroad, you might want to verify your specific needs with a librarian before traveling.
Q: I found a good market research report on the web, but it is extremely expensive. Can the library purchase it for me or otherwise acquire it?
A: Unfortunately, it isn't possible to purchase individual market research reports (due to cost). It is also uncommon to find other libraries who are able to lend reports to us. Here are a few suggestions on what to do:
- Try the sources which are available to you through MIT Libraries' subscriptions (see the Market/industry research tab in this guide)
- Try contacting the market research firm directly, identifying yourself as an MIT Sloan student, and asking for a complimentary copy of the report. It doesn't hurt to ask!
- Sometimes the market research firm will include high-level findings in press releases published shortly after the report was published. Try searching for these press releases in Google or Factiva.
- Market research authors are routinely interviewed about their findings which are sometimes published in news stories or journal articles. Try searching the sources in the News & journal literature tab in this guide.