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Accessing electronic resources (e.g. e-journals, e-books) while away from Cambridge

If you are planning to use electronic resources (e.g. electronic journals) while away from Cambridge, please make sure before you leave that you know the correct passwords.

Many (but not all) of the 110,000 electronic journals to which the University subscribes, including those hosted on JSTOR, can be accessed while away from Cambridge. You will need to use your UIS password (or Raven password if you still have 3 separate passwords). See the middle column of http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources for information about e-journals and passwords.  It is strongly recommended that you access electronic journals via either iDiscover or the link from the libguide because, where possible, the links have been configured to take you straight to the Raven login page.

Many (but not all) of the databases to which the University subscribes can be accessed while away from Cambridge. You will need to use your UIS or Raven password.  Again, see http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources to find out which databases are available. There are a few resources which need different passwords or additional passwords.

You will also need your UIS or Raven password if you wish to access e-books while you are away from Cambridge.  Links are provided directly to the e-books from the iDiscover catalogue (http://www.idiscover.cam.ac.uk) in most cases. There are some e-books which don’t show up on iDiscover; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/ebooks/ for access to those. "Library help" includes information about finding ebooks (https://help.lib.cam.ac.uk/) and there are even clips on YouTube about how to find and use e-books: http://www.youtube.com/user/ebookscamb.

Further information about using UIS or Raven passwords to access the electronic resources provided by the University Library can be found at http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/eresources/help. Please note that access to electronic resources is via Shibboleth not Athens; if you do not immediately see the Raven login page, you are generally looking for a link called something like "Shibboleth login" or "Institutional login" or "UK Federation". It is strongly recommended that you access electronic resources via the listings on the UL website or the iDiscover catalogue because, where possible, the links have been configured to take you straight to the Raven login page.

If you can't remember your UIS password (or your Raven password if you are still using separate passwords), you will need to take action before you leave Cambridge.  See http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/accounts/forgotten-passwords for information or contact the College's Computer Officer (Andrew Leader: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ) or Acting Librarian (Jenny Blackhurst: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). If you have any queries about electronic resources or the passwords needed to access them, please get in touch. The Girton College Library web site includes information about electronic resources and useful links, as well as access to our library catalogue. See http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/library.

Please note, however, that the College Library will close for the holiday on Tuesday 20 December and will reopen on Wednesday 4 January 2017. Girton's own library catalogue will be off-line for the same period although iDiscover will remain available.

Thank you.