Access and training for electronic resources

We have access to a wide range of eResources, including eBooks, eTextbooks, eJournals, databases, open access collections, and online newspaper repositories. The majority of our eResources can be accessed from FindIt@Bham by University of Birmingham staff and students. 

Guidance and training

FindIt@Bham

Whether you want to find a particular electronic resource or carry out a search for articles, FindIt@Bham provides a 'one stop shop' to support teaching and research. Subscribed and open access content is available to over 50,000 eJournals, 500,000 eBooks and over 1,000 databases across all subject disciplines.

How to access eResources

From FindIt@Bham

To access the University’s eResources, go to FindIt@Bham as your starting point, sign in with your University email and password, and use the Search bar to locate the relevant eResource. Select the record for the eResource in the results list and click the link under View It to access it, ensuring that you have noted any additional access requirements under Public Notes.

Accessing our eResources from FindIt@Bham while logged in with your University email and password will ensure that you are authenticated as an authorised user and can gain access to our subscribed eResources.

In addition to subscribed eResources, we also has access to Open Access eResources. Open Access eResources are made available on FindIt@Bham in the same way as our subscribed eResources, but you will not need to be authenticated to access them.

Further guidance on using FindIt@Bham can be found in our FindIt@Bham guide.

From ResourceLists@Bham

You can also access eResources directly from the resource list for your module. To do this, go to ResourceLists@Bham, sign in with your University email and password, and search by module title, module code, or module lead to find the resource list associated with your module.

Once on the resource list, you will see that all eResources have a View Online button. Click the View Online button for the relevant eResource to access it from the resource list.

For further guidance on using ResourceLists@Bham, see our ResourceLists@Bham LibGuide.

Accessing eResources on and off campus

Most of our eResources can be accessed both on and off campus. We recommend that you go to FindIt@Bham as your starting point, sign in with your University email and password, and access our eResources from there. That will ensure that you are authenticated as an authorised user and can gain access to our subscribed eResources.

Open Access eResources can also be accessed both on and off campus. Because Open Access eResources are freely available online, you will not need to be authenticated to access them. 

Accessing eResources when connected to the VPN

Some of our eResources can still be accessed from FindIt@Bham and ResourceLists@Bham when connected to the VPN. However, we are aware that the VPN can interfere with access to some of our eResources. If you are unable to access an eResource when connected to the VPN, disconnect from the VPN and try again. If you are still unable to access the eResource, please open a call with IT Services to report the problem. Our eResources and Serials Team will investigate the issue and advise you on how to proceed.

 

Further information on eResources

Colleges

Professional Services