25 January 2010

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. The Athens passwords are no longer in use. 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 am having problems logging on to Dawsonera. If on the list I click on Aston University, I cannot proceed. It works for my workplace college. Please help.


    Penelope O'Meara

  2. We're sorry you are having problems with e-books.
    Please try using Firefox as your browser, or
    setting your security settings to "accept all cookies" in internet explorer, as this is a common problem blocking access to e-books. If this doesn't help, please email library@aston.ac.uk with details of what you are trying to access and we will advise you further