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  • The Segal installation of Thomson Reuters Eikon + Datastream, at the Segal Graduate School of Business building at SFU Vancouver, has unique access restrictions and procedures.

    Note: For all other SFU Library locations (currently the Belzberg Library in Harbour Centre at SFU Vancouver and the WAC Bennett Library in Burnaby), see Eikon + Datastream access.
    The Harbour Centre and Burnaby locations have fewer access restrictions: all current SFU students, staff, and faculty can use the Belzberg and Bennett Library installations of this database.


    • Bloomberg terminal room in the Segal Graduate School of Business: on Bloomberg Terminal #3
    • Access to this room is limited to those SFU researchers approved by the Beedie School of Business, primarily the MSc-Finance students and the BEAM group. Researchers who do not have the door code need to contact Beedie to inquire about access.


    • Log into Bloomberg Terminal #3 using your SFU ID.
    • Click on the desktop link labelled "Eikon Datastream Credentials (BEAM and M.Sc. Finance)" and enter your SFU username & password. Members of the groups with access to the room (BEAM, MSc-Finance and Beedie faculty) will then be able to view a page with the current Eikon+Datastream ID and password for the Segal installation. Contact [[owner name]] at [[owner email]] if you unable to access the page.
    • Use that ID and password to log into the database by following the steps on our main Eikon + Datastream Access guide (starting at "Step 2: Start Eikon").  


  • Yes, all government documents created in Canada are protected by copyright. Federal, territorial and provincial government documents are protected by Crown copyright and the term of Crown copyright is 50 years after the date of publication.

    Municipal government documents are not covered by Crown copyright, but instead fall under the normal copyright term of life of the creator plus 50 years. Check the website of the municipal government whose documents you wish to reproduce to see if they allow for reproduction for educational, non-commercial, or research purposes.

    For further information on the use of federal government documents that are under Crown copyright see About Crown Copyright.

    For further information about the use of BC government documents that are under Crown copyright see BC Government copyright page, Guidelines Covering the Reproduction of Provincial Legislation, and the Crown copyright section of the Ministry of Finance procurement handbook.

  • Under Policy R30.03, SFU's Intellectual Property Policy, instructors own copyright in their research and their teaching materials, including lectures (both written notes and the "performance" of the lecture), slide presentations and exams. This means that generally, students cannot film your lecture, copy your notes or slides, or post these materials online without your permission.

    However, students still have the users' rights outlined in the Copyright Act, which means that within the limits of fair dealing, they can copy short excerpts of your work without permission.

    Additionally, you are required to accommodate students who need teaching materials in alternate formats due to a disability. Students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) can record your entire lecture or copy your slides if they need to. These copies are for their own personal use only, though, and cannot be shared or posted online. Such students should identify themselves to you in advance. Contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (formerly: the Centre for Students with Disabilities) with any questions about these requirements.

    You are welcome to inform your students that they cannot record your lectures; the Copyright Office provides sample syllabus text you can use, or you can write your own.

    Contact the Copyright Office ( with any questions.

  • Yes. There is a wealth of material out there which is either in the public domain (meaning copyright has expired) or available under Creative Commons licensing, which generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain limited conditions, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author. This includes open access publications, which generally use Creative Commons licenses.

    For Creative Commons materials, visit the Creative Commons website for more information and check out their content directories which list audio, video, image and text materials available under Creative Commons licensing, or search using their Search page. To find open access materials, start with the Copyright Resources and Links for Instructors page.

    For public domain material, simply search online for ‘public domain’ and the type of material you’re interested in. Some useful sites include: Project Gutenberg (the largest collection of copyright-free books online) and Wikipedia, which has an entire page dedicated to public domain resources

    For other online materials, a recommended best practice is to check the website’s ‘Terms of Use’ or ‘Legal Notices’ section to confirm what conditions apply to use of the website’s material. In some cases, you may be able to use the material for free for non-commercial and educational purposes.

  • Yes. Copyright can expire (the “life plus 50” rule) and works will become part of the public domain. Material in public domain may be freely copied without permission or payment of royalties. There are also exceptions to the rights of copyright owners built into the Copyright Act, such as "fair dealing." The fair dealing exception attempts to balance the rights of the copyright owner with the needs of others, for example students and researchers, who require access to copyright protected material to pursue their studies and research activities.

  • Due to construction at At WAC Bennett Library there are no day lockers available.  For longer-term lockers on campus see Locker rentals.

    Day-use lockers are available to graduate students in the Research Commons, Floor 7 of the WAC Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby.

    At the Fraser Library, SFU Surrey,  lockers are not available, but there are lockers you can rent on the campus. See the Guide for New Surrey Students:  Student Lockers for more details. 

    At SFU Vancouver, there are no lockers in the library, but book lockers are available on the second and seventh floor of Harbour Centre building on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit Registrar and Information Services on the main level of Harbour Centre for more information, or contact them.

  • Instructors may have their notes posted on Library Reserves. In addition they may provide notes that include copyright protected material as long as they have the right under fair dealing or another exception to include the material. Send the material to be posted to for courses at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver and to for courses at SFU Surrey.

  • Yes, there are.

    Points (company records) limits per individual account:

    • One time: 5,000
    • Weekly: 15,000
    • Annually: 40,000

    Variable limits per individual account:

    SimplyAnalytics has weekly download limits per individual account equivalent to 5 variables with 100,000 locations, 200 variables with 2,500 locations, or any other combination that equals 500,000.


    Note that these limits apply to individual accounts that you set up within SimplyAnalytics, and that they are only on exports of data tables, not on viewing of data, reports, and maps within the database.

    For more information, contact our Electronic Resources Librarian:

  • Yes.

    There are several quiet study areas in the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby): Room 5102 and all of the 6th floor has been designated as a silent study. There are designated quiet study carrells on floor 4 and floor 5.

    At the Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver), the quiet study area is located in the north room of the mezzanine.

    At the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey) there is a "silent study" room. Ask at the reference desk for directions to the room.

    All quiet or silent study areas will have their policies enforced. This means keeping cell phone conversations to the stairwells and keeping conversations to a minimum (in quiet study - no conversations in silent study). Please only use these areas if you plan to use them as intended.

  • No, scanning is allowed within the same parameters as any other method of copying.  

    If you want to scan something, you may do so only if the use falls within one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act, such as fair dealing, or where no permission is required, such as scanning a public domain work (one in which copyright has expired). 

    If you want to scan a work that is still in copyright and add it to a website under fair dealing, you need to be sure that the website is password protected (e.g., SFU’s learning management system) and restricted to students enrolled in your course, and follow the fair dealing limits. 

    If what you want to do falls outside the exceptions and is not in the public domain, you will need to get the copyright owner’s permission.