Thursday, 11 October 2012

Access e-resources from home

I've had a few queries recently about accessing electronic resources from home, and as its the beginning of the academic year and there are a lot of new students around, I thought it would be a good idea to summarise the procedure for accessing e-resources from home here.

What follows is a typical scenario, using the journal Photographies as an example.  Other resources will be slightly different, but the principles are the same.


First of all make sure that you are signed into Library Search.

Then look up the electronic resource that you wish to access.  This might be a database, an ejournal or an ebook.  If you are looking for an article in a journal, the best way to proceed is to first look for the title of the journal rather than the title of the article.

From the record for the electronic resource, select 'Online access' and click on 'GO'.

Once you have accessed the electronic resource, look for the 'sign in' link, which is normally at the top of the screen, and click it.  You will only need to do this if the resource has not automatically recognised you, which may happen if you are within the University or have logged in before at home.


Now, look for the 'Shibboleth' link.  This can appear in different ways.  For example, it might say, 'log in via your institution' or 'log in via UK Federation.'  These are the options to choose.  Avoid clicking on the link for 'Athens' which is no longer used, or trying to sign in with an email address.
The Shibboleth system will either ask you to type in the name of your institution, or ask you to select it from a drop-down box.  It can be helpful to first select your region.

The link for the University of Westminster can be found near the bottom of the drop-down box.  Select the link for University of Westminster.

You should now be presented with the University of Westminster login screen.  Enter your university username and password.  This should give you access to the resource.

Finally, if you experience problems accessing e-resources from home, try switching to a different browser.  For example, many users find Google Chrome works well.  If this doesn't resolve the issue, contact someone in the library for help.

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