Posted on 4th May 2018

More streamlined authentication for Library E-resources

What is happening?

We are upgrading our systems that handle authentication for our Library E-resources (online journals, eBooks, and databases) in order to provide increased security and a more streamlined user experience.

What will change?


Once signed into My Abertay you will be able to link directly to the full-text of a journal article, chapter of an eBook etc. from your LibrarySearch results or from the database itself without having to login again.


The current mix of login screens will be replaced with a single unified login screen for all Library resources and will use the standardised username format of “” (plus your Abertay network password) – see below for an image of this screen.

When is this happening?

Friday 23rd February 2018. Please note that we are not anticipating any disruption to Library E-resources when this is carried out.

Will I have to make any changes?

 *Yes – action required if using your own device*

Due to the increased security measures, only modern, reasonably up-to-date devices and browsers are supported. If you are running dated browser and operating system combinations on your own device, you will now need to update them in order to allow continued access to our Library E-resources.

The following list can be used as a baseline of the supported minimum browser and OS versions: –

  • Firefox 27
  • Chrome 30
  • IE 11
  • Edge
  • Opera 17
  • Safari 6 on iOS 6.0.1
  • Safari 7 on OS X 10.9
  • Android 4.4.2
  • Windows 7


What should I do if I encounter any issues?

If you experience any issues accessing resources at either platform or article level for example: getting a time-out or connection refused error whilst trying to load the page, please ensure you are running a compatible OS and browser on your device in the first instance.  We would recommend installing and using the latest version of Chrome as this is the most compatible browser across all operating systems and devices (including Apple devices)

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this, please email

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