Here are three tips on logging in to electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, databases etc.) at the University of Lincoln, via the ‘Athens’ log-in process. Athens is a system used to protect access to a whole range of electronic library and learning resources. If you have any problems accessing any e-resource, please contact the Library.
~~~ Tip #1 ~~~
The most reliable way of gaining access to any e-resource is through the e-Library page on the University Portal. To do this:
- Go to the e-Library (at: https://portal.lincoln.ac.uk/C1/eLibrary/)
- Log in using your network\accountID and password.
- Choose the database you want to use from the alphabetical list. Your subject librarian can advise you on the most suitable database(s) for your subject.
- From the Portal page for your chosen database, click on the large, green ‘Log in:’ button.
- For databases that use Athens, you will see a ‘Continue to login’ screen. Click on the [orange] link marked ‘Go to the University of Lincoln login page »‘, and you will be taken in to the database.
~~~ Tip #2 ~~~
Sometimes, if an e-journal or other service hasn’t correctly recognised that you’re a member of the University of Lincoln, you might be presented with a different Athens username/password option. If you see one of these screens, you’ll need to follow an alternative login process:
- Don’t type anything in the username/password box. Instead, click on ‘Alternative login’.
- You will be taken to a ‘Find your organisation’ screen. Type Lincoln in the search box and hit ‘Go »’.
- From the list of search results, click on ‘University of Lincoln’.
- Now click on the [orange] link marked ‘Go to the University of Lincoln login page »‘. If you leave a tick in the box marked ‘Remember this organisation…’, you shouldn’t have to go through this long-winded process again.
- Finally, and especially if you are off campus, you may need to log in as if to the University Portal, using your network\accountID and password.
~~~ Tip #3 ~~~
In order to access full-text articles from certain electronic journal packages (including ScienceDirect, SwetsWise, and LexisLibrary), especially from off campus, you may need to follow a specific Athens login procedure. Look for the “Help with accessing this journal” links on the e-journals A-to-Z website: these will show you what to do.
Be aware that the Athens system protects access to a whole load of library-type resources on the Web, including things to which the University of Lincoln does not have access. The e-journals A-to-Z is a useful guide to which journals you can expect to access, and over which dates (e.g. 1997-2009) the University has full-text access.
If you have any problems accessing any e-resource, please contact the Library.