Answered By: Andy Quek
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2023     Views: 37092

Access to our library’s subscribed electronic resources (ebooks, databases, ejournals etc) is through a proxy system.

You have to authenticate using your NUSNET ID and passwordThis applies both, on-campus and off-campus (in Singapore and internationally).

Q: Do I need to use VPN to access?

You generally do not need to use VPN to access. However,  in some rare cases, certain networks’ (eg some work-place networks) security restrictions might block access and using NUS nVPN might help

Ways of accessing E-resources

Main way to access is via our library website

Search for books, articles, journals, etc., by using the default search box.

You do not need to login to search the library website.


 (i) Only searching for books and media items? Click on LINC (library catalogue).

(ii) Click on Databases to search using specific database.

(iii) Click on E-Journals to search using specific


Notes on access

1. You will not be able to access our subscribed databases and e-journals via search browsers (Google, Firefox, Edge, etc) or from links in blogs, websites, etc, as you did not login via the NUS Libraries’ proxy system.

 2. We do not support institutional log-ins via Athens/Shibboleth logins.

 3. A few resources like Construction InfoNet,  SciFinder and Patsnap require a one-time registration first. Please see the specific library record for more details.

4.   Articles or E-books requiring additional access

 If none of above applies, and it is prompting you for a different login password specific to the site, and you have been properly authenticated using the proxy (part of the url includes, chances are, the library does not have access.

You may wish to submitDocument Delivery Service request, or request for the library to purchase the item


If you want to access subscribed resources outside of the library website, do add these in your device(s):

Findit@NUS Libraries in Google Scholar


LibKey Nomad

PubMed users may use this recommended method


Wish to test your access? Do use this sample link to Scopus database

Clicking the link would bring you to the verification page and also the Acceptance of the University Policy (AUP) on the use of our subscribed E-resources.


Select the appropriate domain (Staff- NUSSTF / Student - NUSSTU / Visiting Scholar - NUSEXT) and key in your NUSNET ID (without the domain) and password.

                   For example:

·        E0123546 (for Students)

·        ecett (for Staff)


Note on access by NUS visiting/non-full-time staff:

Access to our E-resources is not automatic. The department has to request for access, on the behalf of the staff. Please see details here:

For Password please enter your NUSNET password (same as the password you used to access your NUS emailnot your Library PIN

 Problems with your NUSNET Password?


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