Thursday, June 05, 2008

Athens to be withdrawn from end of July

For many years, Athens has been UK HE's Identity Management service, run by Eduserv and funded by JISC. JISC will stop funding Athens on 31st July 2008 and will replace it as the national access management service by a new service called the UK Federation, based on the Shibboleth technology.

How does this affect you?

If you are used to logging in to Athens to access e-resources then you will need to get used to new access routes.

Links to most e-resources from the Library web pages and catalogue are already authenticated by IP address and routed via EZproxy (though they may be accessible via Athens too at present).

On-campus, you have seamless access to these resources; off-campus you will be prompted to login to EZproxy with your Managed Windows Service username and password.

British Standards Online, JustCite and LexisNexis Butterworths have been converted to IP/EZproxy access recently. ESDU, Info4Education (i.e. Construction Information Service et al) and Westlaw will follow shortly.

A few resources, including:

BUFVC resources (inc TRILT and the TVTimes Project 1955-1985)
Census resources
Economic and Data Service (ESDS)
MIMAS landmap
Zetoc alerts

cannot or will not allow access by IP/EZproxy. CSD and the Library are actively working with JISC and the vendors concerned to ensure that Shibboleth or some other authentication method is available by Aug 1st 2008. CSD are developing a new UK Federation login page, and direct login links to these resources.

Personal settings tied to your Athens account, for example in RefWorks and Zetoc alerts, will need particular attention.

The Library's RefWorks page has been updated to explain how to convert your Athens-based RefWorks account into one that is no longer tied to your Athens account:

1. Login to Athens at
2. Follow the link from your MyAthens page to RefWorks (
3. In RefWorks, choose Tools, Update User Information
4. Choose a new Login Name and Password and click the Update button
5. In future, login to RefWorks directly at using your chosen Login Name and Password (if you are off-campus you will first be prompted to login to EZproxy if you haven’t already)

An announcement will follow about how to convert Athens-based Zetoc alert accounts.

For other resources where you may have chosen to set personal preferences (e.g. ScienceDirect), try logging into your account via Athens as normal, and then edit your profile to choose a new username and password. Failing that, note your personal settings, access the resource via EZproxy instead of Athens and create a new personal account, then change its settings to match your previous personal account that was tied to your Athens account.


Chakri Saida said...

How can I access JSTOR if it cannot be done via athens... and what link am i supposed to use to access it. My password does no longer work either and i am in the middle of my dissertation writing process!! thanks for letting me know asap. cheers, Saida

Terry Bucknell said...

If you search the library catalogue for JSTOR it will offer you two links: one to search JSTOR at and one to search JSTOR via Metalib. Because both links are routed via EZproxy, you will be prompted to login to EZproxy (with your usual MWS username and password) and then you will have full-text access.

If you prefer to think of JSTOR as a database, then go to the Databases link on the library homepage which takes you to . Use the Locate and Search a Specific Database area to browse J or to search for JSTOR. You will end up in Metalib via EZproxy so you will have access to full-text. Note that you can create your own list of favourite databases (My Databases - at the top of the databases page and with a Help link next to it).

If you start at at our e-journals page, then you can locate specific e-journals in JSTOR using the library catalogue and SFX, and again all links will be routed via EZproxy.

There is a link from this page to our page about e-journals collections and this has a link to JSTOR at

If you want to add JSTOR to your browser's favourites, use

Finally, another alternative is to login to the Windows Terminal Service at and then use Internet Explorer in Applications to go directly to . This runs JSTOR on an on-campus server but windows the output to your own PC.