OpenAthens explained

What is OpenAthens and how do I use it?

Answer ID 3244 | Last updated on 10/02/2022 02.49 PM

OpenAthens is an authentication service for Library resources. It enables secure and reliable access to information resources both on and off campus.
Updating links
From November 30, 2021, all URLs that include will no longer function, and will need to be updated.
  • You will need to check and update any bookmarks to resources. Search for the resource using OneSearch, and click on the Full Text Availability link. Once the resource loads, you will have the correct web address.
  • Any links to Library resources in the LMS need to use the OneSearch permalink, available from the detailed OneSearch record.
  • EndNote users: you may notice changes to Find Full Text when off-campus. Refer to the EndNote Guide for updating the program settings.
Signing into OpenAthens
  • If you have already signed in (eg through the LMS, or by accessing the resource via OneSearch) you will not need to login again. However, if you change browsers or devices you will be prompted to login again.
  • On some vendor sites (eg JSTOR) you can login via OpenAthens. Look for the Institutional Login, Library Login or OpenAthens login options. If there is more than one entry for UWA, select the one with OpenAthens in the name. You will then be prompted for your Pheme credentials.
Each site will be slightly different. If there is a statement such as 'Access provided by University of Western Australia Library' then you are already connected. Otherwise:
  • Look for a login link
  • Select Institutional Login
  • Search for University of Western Austrlaia. If there are multiple entries, choose the one that says OpenAthens
  • Confirm you are connected through the UWA subscription.

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