Remote Access to Online Resources: Off-campus access

How to access online journal articles, e-books and use SEEKER when you are away from the University.

General Basics

You need your University username and password to access online resources.

Lots of databases and journal web pages have more than one login option.

Step 1: Look for a login option such as:

  • Institutional login (or) Sign in via your institution
  • Shibboleth login

Step 2: You may also be asked to select your location (regardless of what country you are in). Select: United Kingdom or Access Management Federation

Step 3: Select your Institution (via a search box or list of institutions) - enter/choose University of St Andrews

Then you will see this screen:
Single sign-on

Step 4: Enter your username and password and you'll be logged in.

Whilst most databases are listed on this guide, there may be a few not included. A full list of databases can be found on our A-Z database list

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Remote Access

You can access most of our online resources wherever you are whenever you want!


Please link to databases, journals and other resources through the links in Library search or the A-Z list. Some resources have custom urls which provide remote access without needing to login.

Look for the "Log In" or "Sign In" links*

There will still be some items that we've not bought access to. 

If you still can't get certain articles, please order them though Inter-Library Loans.

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Inter-Library Loans

If, after following the remote access options, you find that we do not have a book, article or thesis you need, use the Inter-Library Loans service to request it.

Login and make your request!

Make a request!

Our service is fully electronic! 

For more information, see our guide.

Any questions or problems making a request? Email: