26 May 2009

Problems logging in to electronic resources off-campus?

In the majority of cases, you should only need your Aston University network username and password (the same one you use to log on to PCs on campus and your email) to log in to electronic databases and journals. Very few resources require a separate username and password and a list of these with login details can be found in the Electronic Resources section of Library Matters on Blackboard.

For instructions on logging in to each database, go to Aston e-Library, search for the database in the Find Resource section and follow the instructions given in the "i" information icon next to each resource. For example, the instructions for accessing Science Direct read "For off-campus access click on Athens/Other Institution login; select UK Access Management Federation; then Aston University; enter your Aston University network username and password." Each database follows a slightly different access route.

You can also find instructions for logging on to each e-journal using Find e-Journal, searching for the journal you need and clicking on its title. Alternatively, if you are having problems logging into any specific resources, please add a comment to this post and we’ll give you instructions.


  1. I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but on the Emerald service, after logging in, it is not possible to view any article in any journal (marketing / strategy). Any ideas?

  2. Hi Bogdan
    In order to log in to Emerald, you should click on the Athens link and enter your network username and password. We are working on an institutional login at the moment but this isn't set up yet so the Athens link should still be used. We don't have access to all titles in Emerald so you may find that you can't view the full-text of some journals. To find out which titles we subscribe to, go to the locate function in Find e-Journal and select Emerald from the vendor list(http://libra.aston.ac.uk:3210/sfxlcl3/azlist/default?perform=locate). Hope this helps. If you continue to have problems, please contact lis-enquiries@aston.ac.uk.

  3. solved! I was using the institution login rather than Athens. Through Athens, everything woks. Thanks for the help!

  4. No problems!

  5. **update** Institutional login is now available on Emerald. In order to login, you should now click on Institution Login, select Aston University (Shibboleth v2) from the list and then enter you network username and password.