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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Access to Electronic Resources

This guide explains how to connect to databases and full-text electronic journal articles and books.

OpenAthens -- New Login Screens

As of January 7, 2019, the Library began using OpenAthens to authenticate users for access to online resources.

OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology. It is replacing our previous system, Web Access Management (WAM). OpenAthens offers a more secure and reliable experience for Sewanee library users and should resolve the "proxy error" access issue many users have been experiencing.

Students, staff, and faculty must log in to access online resources regardless of whether they are on or off campus. The login credentials are the same as the ones used for Banner and campus email. (Leave off from your username.)

Users will only need to authenticate to OpenAthens once per session. An OpenAthens session stays active for up to 8 hours, unless you clear your browser cache and cookies. The authentication process will differ based on whether resources are accessed via library websites or directly from a content provider website.

Accessing online resources via library links

When you click on a link from the Library website, or from links in the library catalog or TigerSearch, you will see the following login screen.

Use your BANNER/EMAIL login credentials. (Do not add to your username)

Accessing online resources directly from content provider websites

If you go directly to a resource website and log in from there, you will see a login screen similar to this. Always choose to log in via your institution, using OpenAthens if it is named.