The university uses single sign-on which means that you need to enter your computer ID and password to log into the portal to access e-resources while authenticating. Terminology differs across resources so when signing in you may be required to select any of the following:
Sign in, Log in, Login via your institution, Institutional login, academic login, Institutional access, Federated login.
Never enter your portal login anywhere other than the university portal.
Access to e-resources is more seamless when you are logging in from a university PC as you are connecting from an authorised location. When you are off campus you are usually required to select the name of the university from a list of institutions or use the proxy server link to connect.
Authentication is a way to verify that users are entitled to access the paid for content of a database or resource provided by a publisher or service provider. There are different types of authentication for different groups of users. The university is part of the UK Federation which uses Shibboleth/OpenAthens. Most of our resources are compatible with Shibboleth/OpenAthens.
Once you select the link to a resource from the university portal, behind the scenes our system communicates with the service provider or publisher. Usually you are required to select the name of the university from a list of institutions. Depending on the resource you may also have to re-enter your computer ID and password on the university portal login screen.
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