Answered By: Ming Guang Han
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2020     Views: 23496

Access to most library subscribed electronic resources (ebooks, databases, ejournals etc) is through EZproxy system and you have to authenticate using your NUSNET ID and password. This applies both on-campus and off-campus (in Singapore or internationally) and whether you have logged in into NUS wifi.


You generally do not need to VPN to NUS, though rarely on certain networks (eg some work-place networks) security restrictions might block access and using NUS nVPN might help.


The main way of accessing E-resources is to use our library website as a starting point. You can search for books and articles by clicking on the All tab which leads you to our Findmore Discovery search engine that covers books, articles and much more. If you only want books and media items, you can click on Books and Media which will bring you to our library catalogue LINC. You can also search for E-Journals and Databases by click on E-Journals and Databases Tab. Do note that you do not have to login to the library portal before you conduct your search.

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If you did not start at our library website and went directly to databases or e-journals by googling or from links from blogs etc, you won't be able to access any of the ejournals or databases because you did not login via the ezproxy system & the system does not know you have access via NUS Libraries.


Please note, we do not support institutional log-ins via Athens/shibboleth logins.


You can try using the proxy bookmarklet in many cases, or if you are using Google Scholar it is highly recommended you set up the library links programme. For PubMed users use this recommended method to check full text access . 



If you just want to test access try clicking on this sample link to the database Scopus

Once you click on a link that provides entry to a library subscribed eresource from say the library catalogue or any other source, you will usually see this screen below.



Select the appropriate domain (Staff- NUSSTF or Student - NUSSTU or Visiting Scholar - NUSEXT) for userID and enter your NUSNET ID without the domain.

For example enter

  • E0192923 (For Students)
  • ecettt (For Staff)

For Clinical Faculty Staff (CFS) who are from NUHS, please select the NUHS domain use your Windows ADID ID and Password to access E-Resources



Please note that visitors with department supplied visitor NUSNET IDs e.g. sppv001 will not automatically be able to access eresources, unless the department has requested for it on behalf of the person




For Password please enter your NUSNET password (same as the password you used to access your NUS email & LumiNUSnot your PIN. 

In addition, a few resources like Construction InfoNetSciFinder or Patsnap require a one-time registration first. See the specific library record for more details.

If none of these apply and it is asking you for a different login password specific to the site and you have properly authenticated using the proxy (part of the url includes, chances are the library does not have access (not through this site anyway other sites may have the same article).

If you are looking instead for help on finding the full-text of a specific journal article, refer to our FAQ on  finding full-text of articles.

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