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Problems with Online Resources

Logging in to eResources - disruption

Introduction to logging in (authentication)

You need to be logged in to access any Library Online Resources unless they're Open Access.

Sometimes you will be taken directly to the resource you want to access through single sign on. Other times you will be asked to log in / authenticate.

Different websites have different ways of authenticating using your University of Roehampton credentials.

Single sign on means that once you have logged onto the library catalogue, you should be given access automatically to any resource that you search for and access through the library catalogue.

For easy access to resources, we always recommend:

In some cases, you won't be able to authenticate if you search for the resource on a search engine such as Google.

For some resources, you will need to access them differently or use special login details. Information on these can be found on our A-Z Database List, next to the databases that need them.

If you are asked to log in, you will see either OpenAthens or Shibboleth.

How to login through OpenAthens

Some platforms will ask you to authenticate / log in through OpenAthens. This screen may look slightly different depending on the platform.

You will usually be asked to log in this way if you've come to a resource through a resource list or the A-Z Database list.


This guide will show you how to login through OpenAthens.

  1. On the OpenAthens sign in page, go to “Find your Institution” and type “University of Roehampton” into the search bar.
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  2. A University of Roehampton link should appear below the search box. Select this link.
    A University of Roehampton link should appear below the search box. Select this link.
  3. You will be taken to the University of Roehampton login page. Enter your full Roehampton email address and password.
    You will be taken to the University of Roehampton login page. Enter your full Roehampton email address and password.
  4. You should now have access to the item.

How to login through Shibboleth

Some platforms will ask you to authenticate / log in through Shibboleth. This screen may look slightly different depending on the platform.

You will usually be asked to log in this way if you've come via UR Library Search.


This guide will show you how to login through Shibboleth.

Search for your resource using UR Library Search.

  1. You’ll see a pop-up box telling you that authentication is required. Select sign in.
    Search for your resource using UR Library Search.
  2. You will be taken to the Shibboleth login page. Enter your Roehampton username and password.
    You will be taken to the Shibboleth login page. Enter your Roehampton username and password.
  3. Remember that your Roehampton username is the start of your email address – don’t include the @roehampton.ac.uk part.
    Remember that your Roehampton username is the start of your email address – don’t include the @roehampton.ac.uk part.
  4. You should now see the results of your search.

    Unless your item is on a platform that has special ways to access it - information on these can be found on our A-Z Database List, next to the databases that need them - anything you access from here should now automatically allow you access.

 

Note that if you are accessing a platform directly – not going through UR Library Search – and it asks you to log in using Shibboleth, you may need to search for our institution first.

Once you have searched for and selected University of Roehampton, you will be taken to the above University of Roehampton Shibboleth Identity Provider Login page (step 3 of this guide).

Tutorials for specific databases

There are a few resources that will require additional steps to log in. Please see tutorials for individual resources below. These videos do not include any audio, and a text description of instructions has been included after each video.

Off campus log in: Sage Research Methods - text description

  • Click on the "Institution" button at the top right of the screen;
  • In the "Institutional login" window, click on "Log in via your institution" button;
  • In the next screen, select "United Kingdom" as the institution's country and "Roehampton" as your institution;
  • In the next screen, click on the "OpenAthens" button;
  • Type in"Roehampton" under "Find your organisation" and then click on "University of Roehampton";
  • Enter your University log in credentials;
  • You are now logged in.

Off campus log in: Springer - text description

  • Click on "Sign up / Log in" at the top of the screen;
  • In the next screen, click on the "Log in via Shibboleth or Athens" option;
  • In the next screen, in the "Log in via Athens" section, select "University of Roehampton" under "Select your institution" and click on the "Proceed to Athens" button;
  • Enter your University log in credentials;
  • You are now logged in.

Off campus log in: Westlaw - text description

  • Enter your University log in credentials when prompted to do so;
  • Under "Add personal information", enter your first and last name and your email address;
  • You are now logged in.

Off campus log in: PressReader

If you are accessing PressReader off campus, the website generates a 30 day "token", meaning you can continue issuing remotely for the full 30 days; after the 30 days, you would need to re-sign in to generate another 30 day "token".

In order to sign in:

  1. Select ‘sign in’.
  2. Select ‘Library or Group’.
    Select sign in and then select Library or Group.
  3. Search for ‘Roehampton’ and select it.
    Search for ‘Roehampton’ and select it.
  4. Enter your Roehampton email address and password.
    Enter your Roehampton email address and password

You will see the teacup symbol when authenticated:

Teacup symbol in top left corner of PressReader

You will need to set up a PressReader account to access many of the additional and personalisation features. One benefit with registering an account is that the access will be passed onto any device that you later login with. You can also change your nickname.