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SOAS Library

Usernames & Passwords

Accessing electronic resources off-campus - 
for current staff and students.

To access e-resources (databases, e-journals, e-books etc) off-campus SOAS staff and students can use their SOAS id and password - the same as for SOAS e-mail, computers etc. Due to licensing restrictions we are only able to provide off-campus access to most e-resources for current SOAS students and staff (see information on JSTOR/Project MUSE for alumni at the bottom of this page). 

To access all of SOAS' subscribed e-resources directly, and easily you should go to the A-Z databases.

If you are in need of any help with accessing databases please e-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk or call 020 7898 4146.

If you go directly to a database you will need to look out for the following to login options:

  • 'Institutional login'
  • 'UK Federation'
  • 'UK Access Management Federation'
  • 'Shibboleth'.

For example, in EBSCOhost http://search.ebscohost.com/ you will need to select 'Shibboleth Login' from below the login box:

EBSCO Screen Shot 1
Select 'UK Higher Education'
EBSCO Screen Shot 2
Then click on SOAS, University of London and login with your SOAS id and password:
SOAS Login Screen Shot


Why do I need a username and password for e-resources?

Many of the electronic resources to which the Library subscribes are freely available to all Library users from computers on-campus, as we are able to register our computers with all of the service providers. If you are off-campus you will need to use a username and password (your SOAS id, the same one you use for SOAS e-mail and computer access) to access e-resources. Some resources such as Westlaw and Lexis Library are only accessible with usernames and passwords, on or off-campus. If you are unable to remember your login you can reset your password (please note that this will change your password for all SOAS resources - e-mail, computers, BLE etc) or you can contact the IT Service Desk itservicedesk@soas.ac.uk

 (Library Reception (Floor E) or 020 7898 4950) for assistance.  

Who is entitled to a username and password?

Owing to licensing agreements only SOAS students and staff are entitled to usernames and passwords to access to most e-resources. The only exception to this is for SOAS Alumni access to JSTOR & Project MUSE, see below.

SOAS Alumni JSTOR & Project MUSE Access

We are now able to provide off-campus access to JSTOR archival content and Project MUSE for SOAS Alumni. For both resources you will need to register with the SOAS Alumni website (free).

For JSTOR you will then need register for an additional JSTOR alumni account via the SOAS Alumni website. For instructions see: JSTOR Alumni Access Pilot Instructions (pdf; 595kb)  

Access to Project MUSE doesn't require any additional registration, but must be accessed via the SOAS Alumni website.