Answered By: Joanne Comerford
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2017     Views: 62

Sci-Hub (SciHub) is a searchable database of articles and papers that have been made illegally available. Content that is available through this platform is infringing the copyright of many scholarly publishers.

As using this database infringes copyright, if you use Sci-Hub you are also breaching the University's ICT Policy - you must use the University's ICT facilities and services in an ethical and lawful manner.

In some cases, there have been claims that Sci-Hub has obtained log-in credentials from university staff and students via email phishing attempts and other scams (in order to obtain illegal access to paywalled articles and papers). Be careful of such attempts, as sharing your log-in credentials is a breach of University policy and Library licence agreements. This activity has the potential to cut off the University's access to databases.

As an alternative to Sci-Hub you can:

  • Use the Library Catalogue to access content
  • Refer to the Databases list
  • Access content via Google Scholar either on campus or through the Databases list. The library has set up functionality with Google Scholar that lets you easily access the library licensed copy of paywalled articles and papers, as long as your browser picks up your affiliation with Curtin University (i.e. going direct to Google Scholar won't necessarily pick up that you are a Curtin staff or student).

If you have any questions about this issue, please contact the Library Copyright team.

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