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ONCAMPUS Aston: Online resources

Online resources

Logging into online resources

Once you have clicked on a database link, you will be asked to sign in with an OpenAthens account.

Search for and then select 'oncampus' from the Find your institution section on the right hand side.

Use your OnCampus assigned email address (i.e. [username] and password to login.


What are databases?

Databases are specialist search engines providing access to a vast range of e-books, journal articles, newspaper & magazine articles, reports, case studies, statistics, conference proceedings, and dissertations & theses. 

Why use a database instead of a search engine?

  • Databases are designed to index and store structured information, so they usually perform better than normal search engines which are really designed to index web pages not published works.
  • The content of databases is quality controlled - content is provided by reputable publishers, most journal articles are peer-reviewed and the data has been assessed by experts.
  • Some databases are also specialist tools for analysing statistical data, particularly in relation to the areas of business and finance.