It is possible to access many of our subscribed eResources directly from an eResource platform, rather than via FindIt@Bham, but you will need to sign in with your University email and password on the platform to access them. Look for an Academic Sign-In or Institutional Sign-In option on the platform and click on it.
At this point, you may be asked to select an access federation from a drop-down menu. If this is the case, select UK Access Management Federation. You will be asked to select which institution you belong to from a list of institutions. Select University of Birmingham. This should prompt our University sign-in box to appear, in which you can enter your University email and password. Once you have signed in, you should be able to access any content we subscribe to on the platform.
Open Access eResources can also be accessed directly from an Open Access platform. Because Open Access eResources are freely available online, you will not need to be authenticated to access them.
We do not necessarily subscribe to all content on a single platform, so there may still be some content on a platform that you are unable to access even after signing in with your University email and password. Moreover, it may be that we have subscribed to the content through another platform or a third-party aggregator, such as ProQuest.
If you have LibKey Nomad installed on your browser (see below) and the University has access to the content on a different platform or there is an Open Access version available, a pop-up message will appear on the screen to direct you to that platform or Open Access version. Clicking on the link will take you to it.
If you have LibKey Nomad installed on your browser and we have no access to the content elsewhere, you will be directed to submit an inter-library loan request for the item.
LibKey Nomad is a web browser extension that provides easy access to full-text eJournal articles to which the University subscribes or to secure, legal Open Access versions. eJournal articles can be accessed directly via eJournal publishers, aggregator platforms such as ProQuest, Web of Science, and Wikipedia.
Where we do not hold a copy of the eJournal article at the University of Birmingham, alternative options will be presented via FindIt@Bham, such as access to a different online platform not supported by LibKey Nomad, a print copy of the eJournal, or details of how to obtain the eJournal article by inter-library loan.