Answered By: Reference Librarian
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2018     Views: 464

TMC Library electronic resources are accessed with the OpenAthens system. More detailed information on this system can be found in our OpenAthens LibGuide.

OpenAthens is a user authentication and e-resources access system that acts as your gateway to electronic resources licensed by The TMC Library. From the user’s point of view, your right to access full text is validated on the resource side by using your institutional login.

For most resources, the steps to sign in to OpenAthens are:

  • Select a resource available through the TMC Library.
  • With most databases, you will be prompted to select an institution. If you are not sure which institution to choose, view the Registration page of this guide.
  • If you see screen a with "Sign in with your OpenAthens account" on the left & "Find Your Organization" on the right, search for "Texas Medical Center Library" under Find Your Organization. You will then be prompted to select your institution.
  • Enter your institutional credentials to gain access to the resource.

When using PubMed, you will not be prompted when you click on the logo. After you have found an article you want to access, click on the Get Full Text @ TMC Library button in the top right corner of the page. You will then be asked to select your affiliation and enter your credentials.

BCM, UTHealth and MD Anderson users do not need to register for OpenAthens. You will use your institutional login credentials to gain access to the resources.

Users from HCC-Coleman, PVAMU College of Nursing, TSU College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, UH College of Optometry and UH College of Pharmacy users will need to complete this registration form:

You will be notified to activate your account in about 2 business days. You need to have a TMC Library card number and an e-mail account issued by your institution first.

Being a registered user of the TMC Library does not automatically entitle you to full access of resources.

For more information on which level of access your institution has, please check this page:

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