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General Information

The electronic information resources available to you at SRUC are provided from a variety of different publishers' websites.  Publishers use different ways to make sure access to their information is only available to members of subscribing organisations.  You may need to use a different method of access depending on whether you are using an SRUC thin-client terminal or are off-campus, for example at home or at work.

Most of our resources are directly accessible when on campus, but off-campus there are three methods of access: (1) Remote access desktop; (2) Shibboleth access with your institutional login; (3) or a specific username and password for the individual resource.  These are explained below.

Remote Access Desktop

Many resources will not require an additional login when used on campus, or through the 'remote access desktop'. For other resources, you may need to select SRUC from a list of institutions, and will need your SRUC username and password (the same one you would use for college PCs or the student desktop).

If you have forgotten your SRUC username or password, please contact the IS Service Desk.

Some resources still offer the OpenAthens login system, which is currently being phased out by SRUC. If you have saved any favourite articles, e-mail alerts or notes while logged in through Athens, please download details to your PC, as they will not be transferred to your new login. Your local SRUC library will be able to help if you need assistance.

Specific Username and Password

There are a small number of electronic resources which still require a specific username and password for full text access.  These are indicated by a 'padlock' icon next to the eResource title on the A-Z list.

 Please contact library staff for the passwords for these titles.

Shibboleth Access

While the use of the 'Remote Desktop' is the preferred method of connection to the library eResources when off-campus, it is also possible to connect to individual resources using your institutional login (the one you use on-campus). 

Look for the 'Shibboleth Institutional, or Federation login' link on resource homepages, select SRUC from the dropdown list and enter your login details when prompted.

Databases - Help?

 Consult the help pages on the SRUC website if you need further help and advice about accessing SRUC databases.

Links to 'help pages' for individual databases, can be found here:

eResource Problems?

Are you experiencing access issues with our eResource subscribed content?

 Contact: eresources@sruc.ac.uk