Answered By: Laura Butler
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2016     Views: 95

An embargo is a period of time during which academic journals are only available from the material’s original publisher or to users/institutions/database vendors who have subscribed to the most recent content from that journal. Embargoes can last anywhere from a week to several years. The primary purpose of the embargo is to protect the publisher’s revenue.

For University of Winnipeg students, faculty and staff, this means that recent articles may not be available on certain databases that the Library subscribes to. However, do not despair if you require embargoed content. You may request the material through InterLibrary Loan.

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