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Logging into eResources

Information on how to access electronic resources such as eBooks, eJournals, or bibliographic databases is available. These resources can be accessed both on-campus and off-campus in most cases.

Logging on to electronic resources on-campus

Accessing electronic resources from the University network will usually not require you to login.

Logging on to electronic resources off-campus

Accessing resources from off campus will require you to identify yourself as a member of the University.

In most cases, simply enter your university computer username and password when requested.

Occasionally, you may be asked to login with a different password, but this will be detailed within NUsearch [UK, China, Malaysia]

Is access free?

The library pays money each year to subscribe to electronic resources.  This allows you to access the resources free of charge. If you are being asked to pay, this may be due to:


Make sure you access eBooks, eJournals and bibliographic databases via NUsearch [UK-NUsearch, China-NUsearch UNNC, Malaysia-NUsearch Malaysia]. These services have been set up to pick up relevant authentication for students at the university.


It is not possible for the library to subscribe to every electronic resource that is published.

Check NUsearch [UK, China, Malaysia] for details of subscriptions, both in print and online.

  • If the university does not subscribe, the interlibrary loan service can be used to request material from another library.
Acessing e-Resources
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Finding eBooks

An eBook is an electronic equivalent of a book in print format.

eBooks are useful because they can be viewed by many users at the same time.

They can be viewed:

Finding eBooks using an online reading list

Finding eBooks using NUsearch

  • Most eBooks are available via the NUsearch
    [UK; China; Malaysia]
  • Go to the Library Collections tab
  • Type an author’s last name (surname) and/or a significant word or words from the title into the search box
  • When you get your results, eBooks will be listed alongside print books.
  • To access an eBook, click on Preview.

eBooks are provided by different publishers or suppliers and will either provide you with PDF chapters that you can download and print or the whole eBook in an eReader.

  • Use the arrow keys to move between pages
  • Choose your chapter from the Table of Content
  • Search for a keyword

eBook readers will often allow you to save your chosen eBooks in an eShelf.  You can return to these eBooks at a later stage.

Note that some eBooks will have DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions which only allow you to download or print one chapter or 5% of a book according to copyright laws.

Restricting a search specifically to eBooks

  • Type your subject keyword(s) into the search box followed by the words ‘electronic resource’

Finding eBook collections on NUsearch

Collections of eBooks can be accessed via NUsearch.

These collections either have a broad subject  coverage, or relate to particular subject disciplines.

In order to find an eBook log in to NUsearch [UK, China, Malaysia] using your University Computer username and password and follow the instructions below:

  1. Click Databases on the right hand side
  2. Select General from the Category box
  3. Select Electronic Books from the Sub-Category box
  4. Click Find databases