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Databases by Subject: Help/FAQ

This is a guide to finding databases by subject and faculty.

Developing a search strategy

Interactive online module enabling you to develop the skills to search databases effectively (Approximate duration: 10 minutes.)

How to access databases and electronic resources

Staff and students use Monash computer account to login

Terms and conditions of use

The Library's electronic resources are governed by licence agreements which restrict use to the Monash community and to walk-in patrons Students and walk-in patrons must be responsible for limiting use to non-commercial academic research or learning purposes and must not systematically download, distribute, or retain substantial portions of information. Copyright and proprietary notices must not be removed from any printed or downloaded material and all use of material must be cited appropriately. The use of software, including scripts, agents or robots, is prohibited and may result in the loss of access to the resources for the entire Monash community. Users found to be in breach of these terms of use may be suspended from access to all purchased electronic resources. Users are also legally required to comply with any additional terms of use as specified in an electronic resource.

Staff should note that any use of electronic resources for teaching purposes must comply with the contractual terms of use of the electronic resource from which the material was sourced. Please contact ask.monash if you have further questions.

Users found to be in breach of these terms of use will be suspended from access to all purchased electronic resources, and may suffer additional penalties in accordance with the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Facilities by Students Policy and/or the Information Technology Use Policy - Staff and Other Authorised Users

Browsers and settings

Accessing electronic resources at Monash.

Electronic resources are available to Monash University staff and students and alumni members; see Terms and conditions.

Browsers

The Library recommends the use of Monash supported browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 7
  • Mozilla Firefox version 3.6

Some functionality may not be available when using other browsers. The Library supports access using the hardware and software that are part of the Monash standard operating environment.

Note: IPv6 is currently not supported by providers for accessing licenced electronic resources.      

Cookies

Recommended settings:  Cookies must be enabled for the service to work

Privacy settings - suggested setting for IE is medium; suggested privacy setting for Firefox is to accept third party cookies until closing.

Proquest Cookie: : Reset your ProQuest Session (remove PQ cookie from your browser) by using this link

Pop-ups

Some resources use pop-up windows to display information. If your browser blocks pop-up messages, this may prevent some resources from working properly.

On campus access

  1. Students and staff require a Monash computer account to access electronic resources          
  2. Read the instructions for each resource carefully - in some cases you will need to use your Monash computer account to access a database specific password.
  3. Seek Help for access to, and finding resources.
  4. Resources that are only available on campus are not available via wireless. Refer to the database information on the databases  guide for more details.

Close your browser after completing your session at a shared workstation, to ensure that your Monash computer account details are cleared.

Off campus access

  1. Staff and students of Monash University may use most electronic resources from off campus.
  2. Use Search or the databases guide as a starting point.
  3. You will need your Monash computer account password for access. You should not need to change your proxy settings.
  4. Read the instructions for each resource carefully - in some cases you will need to use your Monash computer account to access a database specific password. Other resources may offer only limited coverage.
  5. Some resources offer limited coverage, or are only available on campus or from a branch library. Refer to the database information on the databases library guide for more details.
  6. Some electronic resources can be read on your mobile device. Please follow the vendor instructions for installing apps.

Monash University Library provides access to a wide range of electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals, web sites and information services.