Access to electronic resources


StarPlus is the University Library online catalogue, designed to allow you to search, find and read the Library’s print and online collections. StarPlus is the most reliable way to ensure full text access to articles and other online material, whether you’re on or off campus.

  • Use the University Collections search to check if the University has a subscription to a journal or database, and which years our subscription covers
  • Use Articles and More to perform literature searches for online articles, journal papers and more

More information on using StarPlus.

When to use a VPN

When you’re working on campus many suppliers of online material recognise that you’re associated with the University (as students or staff) from your computer’s IP address. This means that even if you are not logged into MUSE or using StarPlus you will often be granted access to online books, journals and databases directly from their websites. When you are working away from the University and off campus suppliers do not know you are a member of the University.

The most reliable way of accessing material off campus is to log in to MUSE and find the material you need through StarPlus so that suppliers know you are a member of the University. If you prefer to go direct to online material you will need to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Using the VPN means your computer will be part of the University’s network and will be recognised by our suppliers.

More information on setting up a VPN


BrowZine offers an alternative way to browse subscribed journal content via a mobile device. The BrowZine app is available for download from the Apple or Google stores. There is also a web version. BrowZine is a good way to keep up to date with the latest issues of your preferred journals. However it is not designed for literature searching, for which we would recommend tools such as StarPlus or a specialist database.

More information on BrowZine