Vendor Licenses Prohibit Scripts
Current Emory Libraries’ database licensing agreements strictly forbid using any type of scripts to generate searches and mine content; examples of these databases would be Nexis Uni (a LexisNexis product) and Factiva. Vendors are very diligent about watching for activity which indicates scripts are being used and they will not hesitate to turn off all access to their database without prior notification. Running scripts not only puts the university at risk due to noncompliance with the licensing agreement, but it may also result in the vendor denying Emory any future access.
Noncompliance: Intent vs Method
Just to clarify, this is not a question of the intent or purpose for the research; running searches for academic research is not the issue. The noncompliance issue is the method by which you are searching the database’s content, e.g. using a script.
Harvesting Data Legally
If you have a need to harvest data for your research, please contact Ron Harris in order to explore alternative options; for example, Nexis Uni does allow you to pay for a separate licensing agreement that is specifically intended for harvesting content.
One additional point of clarification: While our licenses do allow for manual searches, most of the vendors do have a record limit, and if you exceed it, they will also turn off access. It is recommended that even if you are going to conduct manual searches, if your need is a large amount of data, speak with Susan Klopper, Director of the Goizueta Business Library in advance of running your searches so she can let the vendor know.