Access electronic resources
Most of the library's electronic resources are available to use both on-site and outside of the University.
Access is controlled by authentication (login). This may differ depending on the resource publisher or service provider.
To help you gain access you should use the search tools and links provided by the library.
How to access electronic resources on-site
In most cases you will not need to login to use electronic resources when you are on-site and connected to the University network.
If you do need to login, you will simply be asked to enter your University username and password.
Occasionally a special username and password is required (see below).
How to access electronic resources when off-site
Many electronic resources will prompt you for your University of Bristol username and password.
Others will provide an 'institutional' or 'alternative login' link (often called 'UK Federation' or 'Shibboleth').
Please be aware the University of Bristol is found under the letter 'U' in the list of UK institutions.
If an 'Athens' or 'OpenAthens' login link appears, do not use it as the University does not use this service.
Alternatively, or when institutional login is not available, you can use one of two options to gain off-site network access:
- Use the Off-site Proxy service. To make sure your proxy setting is working correctly, check the proxy setup page.
- Use the Student Remote Desktop service.
Special usernames and passwords
Some electronic resources need unique usernames and passwords. Please see the list of resources and login details (UoB access only).
You will often find the Library's Get It! buttons next to your search results in services such as the Web of Science, Scopus, Copac, Zetoc and many other subject specific databases. Get It! buttons provide you with a menu of options to get items that are available to you as a member of the University. These options might include a link to the full-text resource online, a link to check Library Search for print holdings, or where these aren't available, a link to our Inter-Library Loans service.