How do I get an Athens password?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015     Views: 168

Supplying users with Athens passwords is one method by which institutions such as universities unlock access to their on-line resources (e.g. e-journals, subscription databases).

To get an Athens password, you must belong to an institution that uses Athens to unlock on-line access to its resources.

Queen's doesn't use the Athens system - therefore, Queen's users can't get Athens passwords. We use an alternative system called Shibboleth, which is what enables you to log in to resources simply by entering your Queen's number and network password.

Accessing resources such as e-journals and databases via Google and other websites will often result in you being asked for an Athens password, because these websites don't automatically recognise that you are a Queen's user.

Therefore, the best way to access Queen’s-subscribed resources is via the Library website, which will take you to the correct Shibboleth log-in at the appropriate point (if you're using a Queen's computer, you will often be taken straight into resources without actually having to log in).

The Shibboleth log-in screen will look something like this - simply enter your Queen's number and network password to proceed to the resource you wish to access:

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