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Accessing e-resources


If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.

For any that require a login, see Off-campus guidance below.


When you are off-campus you will need to login via the University's Online Resources Single Sign On page to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. This sign on page will only appear when you try to access a resource, it is not a portal you login to prior to selecting a resource.

Once you have reached the sign on page just enter your University username and password, which will be the same as the ones you use to access Blackboard or your University emails. Most usernames will consist of two letters, six numbers, and your email suffix - for example

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  • For some resources, if you follow a link from our website, catalogue or E-journals Finder you will be taken directly to the Online Resources Single Sign On page upon trying to access them. These have been set up with a proxy server to emulate on-campus access.
  • For others you may need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will direct you to the sign on page. More about the Institutional login.

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Further sources of help

Problems accessing e-resources?

Please fill in the E-resources problem report form if you have any problems.

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