Library Services

Electronic Resources - Passwords

Most resources can be accessed on campus without a username and password.  If you are accessing resources off-campus you will usually be required to log in using either your University User ID and password or a generic password.  Please see the Library catalogue for details of how individual e-resources provide access.


Shibboleth

Access to the majority of electronic resources is controlled by Shibboleth, a national system which administers authentication to web-based resources for the academic community.  You will need your University user  ID and password (the same ones used to log into Canvas, the Portal etc) to gain access.  This can be used to access a wide range of resources from anywhere in the world subject to licence restrictions.

Obtaining a Shibboleth username and password

Your Shibboleth username and password is the same as your University user ID and password.  As such, when you have been issued with your University user ID, you will be able to use this to access e-resources.

Accessing e-resources using Shibboleth

When accessing a resource using Shibboleth, look out for one of the following links:

  • Shibboleth
  • Institutional login or library login
  • UK Access Management Federation

Variants on these may be used across different e-resources.

You will be asked to select your institution from a dropdown menu.  Select ‘University of Hull (Shibboleth)’.  You will then be re-directed to the University of Hull Central Authentication Service screen, the same one that is used for access to the Portal, Canvas etc.

Enter your University User  ID and password and you will then be re-directed back to the resource and be logged in for use.

Please always remember to logout from e-resources when you have stopped using them.

Once logged into one service/resource using the University of Hull Central Authentication Service, you should not need to enter your University User ID and password again when accessing other Shibboleth resources within the same web session.

If you have any problems you can use our Live Chat service or see our frequently asked questions.

 


Types of Access

You may see reference to the following types of access on the Library Catalogue:

Shibboleth (University User ID and password) on and off campus
Access is controlled using the Shibboleth authentication system.  This makes use of your University User ID and password.  See Shibboleth section below for further information on Shibboleth.

IP on campus/Shibboleth (University User ID and password) off campus
No username/password needed on-campus. Off-campus access requires use of your University User  ID and password.

IP on-campus/Off campus a non-Shibboleth username and password are required to access this title
No username/password needed on-campus. Off-campus access requires an individual username and password, which can be found on the Portal. Staff go to "Services & Support" and under "Library Services" refer to the spreadsheet "Passwords for electronic resources not authenticated by Shibboleth".  Students go to "Libraries" and under "Library Services - student" refer to the spreadsheet "Passwords for electronic resources not authenticated via Shibboleth". Alternatively ask at the Library Helpdesk at either campus, or email Libhelp.

Non-Shibboleth username and password
Access is controlled by a generic username and password.  A list of the electronic resources this applies to, and their usernames and passwords, can be found on the Portal. Staff go to "Services & Support" and under "Library Services" refer to the spreadsheet "Passwords for electronic resources not authenticated by Shibboleth".  Students go to "Libraries" and under "Library Services - student" refer to the spreadsheet "Passwords for electronic resources not authenticated via Shibboleth".  Alternatively ask at the Library Helpdesk at either campus, or email Libhelp.

IP on campus/ Off-campus access available via the University proxy server 
No username/password needed on-campus. Off-campus access is available only via the proxy server.

IP address only
These resources can only be accessed on-campus. Off-campus access is not permitted.

Unrestricted
Free public site. No username or password required.

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