Finding library material



Find and access e-resources: tips and tools

The University subscribes to a vast range of high quality digital resources, including e-books, academic journals, newspapers, data sets, multimedia and government publications. They're essential to your assignments, research and teaching.

  • Current Kent students and staff: you can access all of these resources from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Visitors, people with borrower membership and alumni: you can access a selection of our e-resources on a dedicated visitor PC in the Templeman Library, where the licence agreement allows us to make them available to you.
Your digital library: supercharge your study with library e-resources


Find the content you need

We work with academic schools and faculties to make sure we subscribe to the key databases and digital collections for all University subjects.

  • LibrarySearch is the best place to start searching for digital resources, especially e-books and journal articles; it includes most of our resources, but not all of them.
  • A-Z of e-resources: all our subscribed resources are listed here except individual journal and e-book titles. Click on the resource name, search within it for the content you need and follow full text links. Use the A-Z:
    • for resources that aren't in LibrarySearch
    • if you know the name of the resource you need
    • to browse within a resource
  • the resources gateway lists resources by type, for example browsable e-book collections, newspapers archives, or official publications
  • check your subject guide for advice on the best resources for your subject.

If you find resources on the web

If you find a useful looking journal article or other resource through a search engine, be aware that we may not subscribe to it.

Customise your web browser with these tools so you can quickly check if you have access:

Tool How to use it
Google Scholar for Kent You can customise Google Scholar to provide a link to any content you find that we subscribe to at the University.

In Google Scholar:
  1. click on the 'hamburger' menu and click Settings
  2. click Library links
  3. search for University of Kent.
  4. tick the boxes for ‘University of Kent - University of Kent’ and ‘University of Kent - Get full text via UoK’ and click Save.

This will save these settings to the browser on the computer you are using. Now when you search you will get links through to the content that we have access to from Google.

Or follow this special Kent link to Google Scholar each time.
Kent Access Linker bookmarklet If you find an article or other resource on the internet, this will check if we subscribe to the resource and, if yes, give you access.
  1. Go to Kent Access Linker.
  2. Drag the link in the webpage to the bookmark bar on your browser.
  3. When you find an article or other e-resource on the internet, click the bookmarklet.
  4. If we subscribe to the resource you'll be asked to log in with your Kent IT Account details.

Developed by the School of Computing at Kent.
Open Access Button When you find an article you need on a publisher’s webpage or in a database, the Open Access Button searches the internet for an Open Access copy of the work.

Drag the button to the bookmark bar on your browser, except Chrome, where it's a browser extension. The Open Access Button doesn't work well with Internet Explorer/Edge.

More on how to use the Open Access Button

'Open Access' refers to material that is free to all readers at the point of access.

Logging in

Kent IT Account

Kent IT account single sign-on

Most often you'll see the Kent IT Account login screen, where you have to log in with your Kent IT Account username and password.

Once you've logged into one resource you may not have to enter your details again for other resources in the same browser session.

Shibboleth, Federated or Institution access

Some resources have login links or buttons that say Shibboleth, Federated access or Institutional access:

  1. select 'University of Kent' from a drop down list (you may have to pick United Kingdom as your country first).
  2. log in with your Kent IT Account username and password.

If you find a Shibboleth authenticated e-resource on the web, you can only access it if the University subscribes to it.


If you see links or buttons that say 'Athens login' or similar, ignore them. We don't use this method.

Is the format accessible?

If the content you've found is not in a format that is readily accessible to you, try these free productivity tools that can help you read or listen to content more efficiently.

If you need more support or have feedback on the accessibility of resources, please contact us.

Need help with e-resources?



Last Updated: 23/01/2019