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Resources for Academics Guide: Use reliable resource links

This guide has been created to assist academics to access electronic material and add these links to Learnline units

The Library has a system to access online resources

This access management system is called OpenAthens, and it replaces the EZproxy system.

What has changed?

There is no change to the resources the library subscribes to. You should be able to continue with your work and research with very little disruption to your workflow.

You are now able to use your CDU credentials to authenticate to your favourite online resource platforms both on and off campus, giving you the flexibility to start your research wherever you are.

You only need to authenticate once to start an 8-hour long authenticated session. During that time, you will not be asked to authenticate again regardless of the number of different content platforms you visit.

Westlaw and Westlaw AU are not fully functional via OpenAthens so contact the Librarians for further information. 

How to update links to resources

If you use direct links to Library resources in your Learnline unit using the old EZproxy system, you will need to update those links to the OpenAthens format. The EZproxy links will still function until December 2020 but it is advisable to change them as soon as possible.  Links to freely available websites and open access resources do not need to be updated.

Use the OpenAthens Link Generator to convert existing and new links to the new format.

Previous format :

New format:

Authenticating to OpenAthens

Signing in to your CDU laptop or computer

Depending on your set up, signing in to your laptop or the workstation on campus can trigger an OpenAthens session. Signing in to the CDU Portal also authenticates a session.

Starting at the library website

Logging into the library will start an OpenAthens session. This will still be active even if you continue your research via Google.

Starting in Learnline

Logging in to Learnline will start an OpenAthens session.

Starting at your favourite resource home page

Navigate your way to your favourite online resource platform, such as ScienceDirect or EBSCOhost. The experience on different platforms can vary but on some of the most popular platforms, you will have an option to log in with OpenAthens. Select your institution from a list and enter your institutional username and password. Some platforms may ask you to select your federation when logging in, so please select OpenAthens Federation if needed.


Starting with Google or Google Scholar

If you haven’t authenticated already you can do so after your Google search. You will be able to access any resource in the search results as long as the library subscribes to it. To access the resource select login with OpenAthens, select your institution from the list, and enter your institutional username and password.

You may come across a resource which the library does not subscribe to and in that case, OpenAthens will not allow access.

Use Library Search permalinks

Another quick and easy way to get a reliable link is to use the Library Search permalink, which you can find when browsing or accessing a particular item via Library Search. This ink will take you to the record of the item, where you can click through to the resource from Library Search.

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