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Databases by Subject: Help/FAQ

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

Types of access to electronic resources

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

Staff and student access

On and off campus

  1. You will need your Monash account to access electronic resources on and off campus.
  2. Use Library Search or the databases guide as a starting point.
  3. Read the instructions for each resource carefully. Some resources may offer only limited coverage for off-campus access, while some are only available on campus or from a branch library.
  4. Some electronic resources can be read on your mobile device. Please follow the vendor instructions for installing apps.
  5. If you’re using a shared workstation in the Library, close your browser after completion of your session to clear your Monash computer account details.

Authenticating as Monash users

If you've already signed in to or Moodle on your computer, you're all set for full access to Library's electronic resources.

If you started from Google or your favourite Library resource platform such as Informit or ScienceDirect:

  1. Find the Sign in or Login button (usually located in the top right corner).
  2. If it's available, select OpenAthens as your sign in choice.
  3. Enter monash in the Find your organisation/institution search box and click on Monash University or, select Monash University from a pull-down list.
  4. Sign in through the Monash sign in page.

Alumni access

Alumni can access electronic resources by:

  1. visiting the Alumni web page
  2. signing in after selecting a resource from the alumni databases list.

Visitor access

Please check at the Information point for access to databases. Note that most databases are only available to Monash staff and students.
Your local public library and the State Library of Victoria also offer a wide range of databases and other electronic resources.

Use of data extracted from electronic resources for purposes other than study or research may be forbidden or restricted under the terms of our licenses.

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 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