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QMUL offers students and staff a range of books, journals, databases and media in electronic formats. These can be found through the library home page using the search box and the E-journals & Databases list and can be accessed on or off campus on a variety of devices.


Nexis is getting an upgrade!

From the 1st September 2019 you may notice some changes to the interface of the Nexis database.

These changes are designed to make Nexis easier to use for less expert users. However, the core functionality remains in place - no major features have been lost - so expert users should still feel at home too!

Overall the structure and layout of Nexis will remain the same. Some points of interest:

Nexis Home Search – the search on the Nexis Home tab will be a Google style search – with handy suggestions, filters etc - which searches across Nexis content and is designed for the casual Nexis user.

Nexis Power Search – the Power Search will remain the sophisticated search choice with a number of connectors and other options to finesse your search. There have been some minor tweaks to some of the connectors, but a handy list of Connectors will be found on the Power Search page.

Nexis News search – the functionality of the News search will be clearer and easier to use. For example, it will be easier to add search terms to your search in a structured way using multiple search boxes. You will still be able to direct your searches to specific segments of a document in News Search, while a new segment guide makes it easier for users to understand what a segment – a Headline, a Byline etc – actually relates to.

Nexis Sources Search – use the Sources tab to browse publications. In the new look Nexis, all non-US publications will be found under the ‘International’ heading under ‘Publication Location’.

Nexis Search Results – there will no longer be a limit on the number of search results Nexis will retrieve. Search result filters remain largely the same, with some minor changes such as the addition of the Timeline Filter which can show you when your search terms appear. Nexis offer online training. Check out this website for more information - 





New Resources:

  • Westlaw UK will be switching to a new platform. The old Westlaw will run in parallel to the new one until the 5th August 2019, so no need to worry about losing saved links or learning to use a new platform right before exams! The New Westlaw will offer a better interface and a more personalised experience. You can trial it here (for off campus access: below the login screen click 'Access through academic institution' and select your university from the list. This will take you through to the Shibboleth login screen. You only need your QM login details for that.) 
  • O'Reilly Safari Learning Platform (former Safari Books) now with even more resources, including video courses and books. To gain full access simply log in with your QM email address.

  • We subscribed to two new journal collections from Taylor & Francis. You can find a title list and more information about the Science & Technology Library (+500 journals) here, and about the Social Science & Humanity Library (+1,400 journals) here. You can search journals here or on our catalogue.


Service Status:

Emerald Insight is moving to a new platform. Saved search alerts that are currently included in the My Profile section will not be migrated to the new platform. The following will be transferred: favourited content and alerts - digest and subject, subject area news, MARC record updates, table of contents, citation and EarlyCite.

Wolters Kluwer's resources are currently offline due to a malaware on their servers. You can follow their status updates on twitter.

The Financial Times has decommissioned the Lexicon tool on both and at the end of May.

BMJ access issues: there is problem with a third party service used by the BMJ to provide access to institutions. They are working on it, but in the meantime users can get off campus access by going to the e-journals & databases page, scrolling down to BMJ Best Practice and using that link to reach the Best Practice site. Users have to log in twice, the first on a standard QM login page and a second time with a personal account. Using a QM email address to register, if you don't already have an account, will give you full access. Using Shibboleth (institutional access) does not seem to be working.

All Gale databases (17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals, British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900, Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985) will be unavailable off campus for a short time while we set up a new access method.

Library Discovery shows which resources are available, and when off-campus helps direct you through the authentication process to the material you need.

The search box offers basic and advanced options. The basic search is wide ranging and allows you to discover material relating to a subject. The search can be refined using the options on the left of the result page. The advanced search allows you to search for specific titles and articles and add refinements at an earlier stage.

The E-journals & Database list allows you to view and search e-journal titles and access ranges and find databases.

If you would like help or advice on using Library Discovery please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian. Details can be found in the Subject Guides.

Our E-resource subscriptions and purchases are available to those affiliated to the College and there is a process of authentication. You may be requested to enter your Queen Mary username and password.

For General problems with your Queen Mary user name and password, (usually those that effect access to QMplus, email and resources), should be reported to the IT Helpdesk, phone 8888 or email.


For most e-resources on-campus authentication is seamless, resources will know you are accessing via the College network and allow access.

A few will still require you to enter your Queen Mary username and password and you will be prompted to do so. For others you may need to register or use the login on the platform page. 


When accessing e-resources off-campus it is necessary to authenticate using your Queen Mary username and password. This can be done using the red banner which displays at the top of the Library Discovery page when off-campus or when prompted as you click through to an item.

As mentioned in the On-campus section a few items may still require you to re-enter your Queen Mary username and password, you will be prompted to do this. For others you may need to register or find the login on the platform page.

If you are having problems accessing resources, please see the Service Status section below for known problems. The help section has contact details and lists information we may require. Please feel free to contact us with any e-resource issues.


Some resources require passwords from this page.

QMUL library e-journals can be found through the E-journals & Databases list. It shows available titles and the date ranges of our subscriptions. Articles can be found using the basic and advanced searches accessed from the homepage. Library Discovery will try to link you directly to the article but this is not always possible. In such cases you will then be directed to the journal or database page, where you will need to search for the article again.

Due to the large amount of data within Library Discovery errors do occur. We encourage you to contact us with these errors, it allow us to improve the service and help you access resources.

QMUL library e-books are found through the library search boxes (basic and advanced) and are sourced from different platforms and publishers. There may be restrictions on the number of users allowed to access a title at a time. Publishers and copyright owners determine how much of any particular e-book can be downloaded or printed, and you are generally not able to download or print an entire e-book.

To dowload and read VLEbooks you will need Adobe Digital Editions and an AdobeID. The VLEbooks page on Adobe Digital Editions help can be found here.

E-book FAQs and useful information for our main providers can be found here:



Macs: Dawsonera books can be read on Macs but you need to have Adobe Reader installed and set as your default PDF viewer. Dawsonera e-books don’t work with Preview.

If you are unsure of how to change the preferences IT services should be able to help you.

Databases are listed on the E-journals & Databases list and can be accessed through the links displayed. If you would like help or advice on using the databases please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian. Details can be found in the Subject Guides.

Reading Lists are created, managed and maintained by academics and provides students with easy access to relevant lists, and to materials on those lists, through links to the Library catalogue, electronic books and journals, and other resources.

Most online resources will work in the same way as items accessed from the library catalogue and are titles QMUL has bought or subscribed to. Readings Lists may also include free resources and items available from Senate House Library and other sources.

If there are problems accessing an item you may be able to find it on the library catalogue. If you find it on the catalogue but still can't access the resource please contact us with the details. Any other issues need to be reported to your course administrator.

For more information and guides on Reading Lists Online, please check here.  

If you are having problems accessing any of these resources please e-mail us the details at

When contacting us please provide as much information as possible, this will help us isolate the issue and minimise the time it takes to resolve. Are you are on or off campus? Are you using a Windows machine or a Mac? Describe the steps you take from your starting point to the issue, any error messages etc. Screenshots & screencasts can also be helpful.

Known issues and reported problems will be listed in our Service Status section.

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