1 October 2010

Off-Campus Access: Hints and Tips

Please note: ATHENS accounts were phased out in July 2011

*  off-campus access to e-resources may use ATHENS, a national authentication system, or, increasingly, your University Account Username and Password

only current staff and students of the University are eligible for an ATHENS account

SAULCAT, the online catalogue, will tell you if the Library subscribes to a print or e-resource; what period you have access to (if it's an e-journal); and what access method you should use if you're off-campus

*  if you're on-campus (including Residences), you will not usually need to login to e-resources (a couple of e-resources do require an on-campus login)

if you are asked to login, on- or off-campus, or to pay online for an article, this generally indicates that the Library doesn't subscribe to that e-resource, or doesn't have online access to that particular volume or year of a journal - check SAULCAT to make sure.  It might be available to you in printed form.

register for an ATHENS account at the Library Service Desk, or at the J F Allen Library (for North Haugh Schools). You'll then be sent details to use for creating your personal ATHENS account

Forms for ATHENS Registration are here

ATHENS account creation must be done from a computer on-campus

Distance students should send or e-mail signed, completed ATHENS forms to jmy@st-andrews.ac.uk

once created, your personal ATHENS Username and Password will give you off-campus access to e-resources which require this type of authentication

you cannot access resources bought by another University, or ones which which are not subscribed to by this Library, even if they offer an ATHENS login link.  This will only work for subscribing institutions

some databases use your University account Username and Password, for off-campus access, and will have a UK Federation WAYF/Institutional Login/Login via your Home Institution/Shibboleth login link.  Choose 'University of St Andrews' from the list and login with your University account details

University Username and Password access will eventually replace ATHENS off-campus access

Details of how to find which e-resources you have access to are given here

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    This is really useful