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Alumni E-Resources

Alumni have remote access to some Library e-resources using their EASE login. Our licence agreements cover non-commercial use only, which means that the e-resources should only be used for private study and research, and should not be used for any commercial gain. Please note that this list is subject to change as new licence agreements are signed. We welcome any feedback on access issues or suggestions for e-resources to be added. Please send queries to

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Alumni are permitted on site access to more e-resources via Library Guest PCs and the Alumni Wi-Fi service.


a-n. The Artists' Information Company (Alumni ed)

Access information: On and off campus.
Description: a-n's purpose is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and to affirm the value of artists in society through advocacy and information, from the perspective of practicing artists. The a-n website offers straightforward routes to information of relevance to all engaged in the visual arts. A-n aims to represent the many voices, industry insights and wide range of activities within contemporary visual arts today. Resources include a Knowledge Bank, a Publications section and a Jobs and Opportunities section. All users can access the a-n archive of jobs and opportunities, for learning purposes.



Annual Reviews (Alumni ed)

Access information: On and off campus.
Description: Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 50 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics.  



Bloomsbury Architecture Library (Alumni ed)

Access information:

Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter University Login if prompted.


Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design. Its dynamic digital platform offers access to wide-ranging collections of text and image content, from architectural history to cutting-edge design guidance. The platform is comprised of multiple collections, including the newly updated ebook edition of Bannister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, 21st edition.


Bloomsbury Screen Studies (Alumni ed)

Access information:

Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter University Login if prompted.


Bloomsbury Screen Studies offers a broad range of content to support moving-image studies. It comprises award-winning screenplays, presented in industry-standard studio format, from ‘Orlando’ to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. It also includes critical and contextual books on film from the late nineteenth century to the present, and an interactive timeline of cinema history. It is an essential resource for academics and students engaged in research and learning around film history, theory and practice.


British History Online (Alumni ed)

Access information Click login then select Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter your University Login if prompted.
Description: British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
Coverage: 11th – 19th Century


Churchill Archive (Alumni Ed)

Access information: Access on and off campus.

Until recently the only way to access this historical resource was to visit the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge, now researchers can browse the nearly 800,000 private letters, speeches, telegrams, manuscripts, government transcripts and other key historical documents within the archive.

Search the Churchill catalogue online, browse by topic and period and explore the people and places which appear in the archive.


Access information: Select Log in via your institution (Shibboleth)
Description: Edinburgh University Press (EUP) is a scholarly publisher in Scotland of academic books and journals and one of the leading university presses in the UK. EUP publishes 39 journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Coverage: Titles subscribed to by University of Edinburgh Library - currently all available titles.


Elsevier ClinicalKey (for alumni)

Access information:

Select "UK Access Management Federation" from the drop down menu and then University of Edinburgh.


ClinicalKey (from Elsevier) is a clinical search engine that helps health professionals make decisions anywhere, anytime, in any patient scenario.  ClinicalKey’s Smart Search saves time by preventing unnecessary extra searches.  ClinicalKey allows you to access the latest (indexed daily), most evidence-based answers in every medical and surgical speciality and contains the fulltext of Elsevier e-journals, e-books as well as videos, images and guidelines.

Coverage: See


Access information: Access on and off campus to all alumni.  This resource is paid for by the Business School Library.
Description: Business and Management Collection.  The collection contains over 900 specially prepared, animated, online, audio-visual lectures and case studies by leading experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.


Human Kinetics Library (Alumni ed)

Access information:

Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter University Login if prompted.


A collection of over 150 e-books and 200 videos from the Human Kinetics Library core collection.

Topics covered include: Active Ageing, Biomechanics, Cognition and Mental Health, Disability in Sport, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Sport Management, Marketing and Finance, and more.  Specific sports and activities covered include: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Dance, Football (Soccer), Hiking and Backpacking, Martial Arts and Self-Defence, Water Sports and Activities, and more.

Further notes:

Users can create a personal account in order to save items to view later, organise saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.


Access information: On and off campus
Description: ICE Publishing journals are the most comprehensive civil engineering serials portfolio in the world and provide a unique forum for dialogue between the worlds of research and practice.  Access is to the current e-journals.


Access information: Select Shibboleth option, then UK Federation, then University of Edinburgh and enter your EASE login.
Description: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part A-P, International Journal of Engine Research and The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design.



Access information: Select Other Institution login
Description: Records with abstracts of articles published, in more than 6,500 physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering journals and conference proceedings. Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Indexes arXiv content.
Coverage: 1896-present


Access information: Access JSTOR via the Alumni portal.  This e-resource is part funded by the Library and the Alumni Office.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
  The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1 -15; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Lives Of Literature Collection; Ireland and Life Sciences; The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.


Access information:

Select Institutional Login (Shibboleth)

Description: Full-text access to University of Edinburgh Library subscribed titles.  These are displayed once you are logged in.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Migration to New Worlds explores the movement of peoples from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia. From government-led population drives during the early nineteenth century through to mass steamship travel, it showcases unique primary source material recounting the many and varied personal experiences of migration. Most material comes from the period 1800-1924, the ‘Century of Immigration’, but there is some earlier and later material included as well. Explore Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories.


Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: An open access publisher, primarily for humanities and social sciences but now expanding into other disciplines. Over 100 e-books available.

Library membership provides students/staff or alumni with the right to freely download any digital edition format of any title from their website. Library Membership also provides a 15% discount (to staff/student/alumni) on any printed edition of their titles, purchased from their website.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides access to almost 600 full text journals from 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Note: There is no subscription to the e-books, the only e-books available are the open access titles.


Access information. Paid for and only available to Business School Alumni.
Description. Based on ABI/INFORM Complete, this database has speciality business subject resources for accounting / tax, public finance, investment/financial management, banking, compliance / governance, enterprise / innovation, economics and Asian business.


Access information: Open access
Description: Retrospect is a student led journal at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. It began as the Edinburgh University History Society’s Journal in 2006. In 2008, it was shortlisted for the Scottish Herald Award for Best Student Magazine in Scotland which they won in 2010. In 2012, it became a fully-fledged society. They publish articles online and in print. These articles include academic essays, features pieces, TV/book/film/theatre reviews, interviews with university staff and creative people, and historical fiction.


Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: Sage Premier package gives access to Sage e-journals back to 1999.


Access information: Log in via Shibboleth option
Description: Over 4000 e-books available in Business & Management, Counselling, Criminology, Education, Geography, Health & Social Care, Media & Communication, Politics & International Relations, Psychology and Sociology.


Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: SAGE Research Methods supports beginning and advanced researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings. With information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, the book, reference, and journal content in SAGE Research Methods—from SAGE’s renowned methods publishing program—and advanced features help researchers of all levels conduct their research.
Coverage: SAGE Research Methods provides access to 1000+ books, cases, datasets, encyclopedias and journal articles, as well as innovative features, such as the Methods Map visual browse tool using a custom taxonomy of 700+ methods terms.


Access information: Access on and off-campus. Choose Shibboleth Log In or UK Federation.
Description: 1.5 million text records of historic monuments and of artefacts held in museums, galleries and archives, plus 100,000 related multimedia resources; video or sound clips, animations, graphics, plans, virtual reality objects and in particular, colour photographic images.
  Access to the text records and thumbnail images is freely available. Access to full resources is available under licence only, the terms of which restrict use of the material for no profit, no proliferation use in education.


Theology and Religion Online (Alumni ed)

Access information:

Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter University Login if prompted.

Description: Theology & Religion Online is a new digital platform for a growing range of resources designed for students and scholars of Theology, Biblical Studies and Religious Studies. It includes over 250 e-book titles from T&T Clark in the Theology Library, Jesus Library, and Library of Catholic Thought.