It is possible to access many of our subscribed eResources directly from an eResource platform, rather than via FindIt@Bham, but you will need to sign in with your University email and password on the platform to access them. Look for an Academic Sign-In or Institutional Sign-In option on the platform and click on it.
At this point, you may be asked to select an access federation from a drop-down menu. If this is the case, select UK Access Management Federation. You will be asked to select which institution you belong to from a list of institutions. Select University of Birmingham. This should prompt our University sign-in box to appear, in which you can enter your University email and password. Once you have signed in, you should be able to access any content we subscribe to on the platform.
Open Access eResources can also be accessed directly from an Open Access platform. Because Open Access eResources are freely available online, you will not need to be authenticated to access them.
We do not necessarily subscribe to all content on a single platform, so there may still be some content on a platform that you are unable to access even after signing in with your University email and password. Moreover, it may be that we have subscribed to the content through another platform or a third-party aggregator, such as ProQuest.
There are a number of browser extensions available that help provide one-click access to the full text of eJournal articles whether they are an article that the University of Birmingham subscribes to, or a secure, legal Open Access version. Please see our guidance on using these to access eJournal articles.