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Accessing Electronic Resources off campus

The majority of library e-resources are available both on and off-campus. 

 
If you are experiencing problems accessing the full text the first step is to determine that the library definitely subscribes to the resource in question.  Check Primo for clarification using the 'Books, Journal Titles, etc.' search facet.

 

Recommended route to the full text:

For the majority of resources, remote access is seamless via Primo or Library Subject Guide links.  Both of which can be accessed via the library home page: http://plymouth.ac.uk/library

 

You will be asked to sign into the portal and then shown the full text – no additional sign in on the publisher website is necessary.

 

NB: Some resources (e.g. specialist Shipping/Business/Professional websites) require a generic password in which case the Primo link will take you to a page where you can find this information.

 

The ‘Google’ route:

It is also possible to access some resources remotely via a general Google search too but this requires you to know how to authenticate at the publisher’s website.  In most cases you will need to ‘choose your institution’ from a list. 

 

See our A-Z list of databases which give screen-shot access guidance for each resource.

 

Please note that not all resources can be accessed via a Google search and that Primo or Library Subject Guides are the recommended routes.

 

Common questions:
Q: What is my Athens username/password?
 
A:
You do not have an Athens username/password.  Access will usually be through a ‘Shibboleth’ or ‘UK Federation’ or ‘Choose your institution’ option instead.  (Health students may be issued with a separate Athens account for NHS resources and further guidance on this is available).

Q: I am ‘signed in’ on the publisher’s website but they still won’t give me the full text
A:
Do we have access to the journal?  Check the journal title on Primo for full holdings information.  Publishers will often show ‘Welcome Plymouth’ (or similar) even if only part of the content is within the library’s collection.

Problems:
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Email: library&ITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk or phone: 01752 588588 if you require further advice.

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Modified 13/09/2021