Migrating your RefWorks account to your domain username and password

August 12, 2014

As an existing Refworks user you need to follow the steps below to retain access to your account. This is a necessary step as we are moving to domain username and password for the library’s online resources – the one you use for GCU Learn or a GCU computer.

  • Click here to begin
  • Log in with your domain username and password
  • Click on the link ‘Link an existing Refworks Account to this Shibboleth AccountDO NOT enter your email address here or you will create a new account.


  • You will need your RefWorks code which has been sent to you in an email from ertenq@gcu.ac.uk
  • Enter Refworks Code: which starts with RW_2223_**********************************  and password ChangeMe
  • Click on Link Account
  • In future login to RefWorks by visiting the RefWorks homepage and then click on ‘My Institutions Credentials (Shibboleth)’ and not Athens user.

Any questions or issues please email your librarian –  ertenq@gcu.ac.uk.

September weekend holiday opening hours

September 19, 2014

The library will be open as normal on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September. It will open from 9am to 5pm on Monday 29th September.

Technical issue [Discover and ProQuest Central]

September 18, 2014

We are currently experiencing loading issues with the Discover searching tool and the ProQuest Central database. If you experience any intermittent loading issues or error messages when using these resources, please close your browser and try again. We have reported this issue to the provider and hope to have full access as soon as possible.

Also, we are experiencing log in issues when accessing ProQuest Central directly from Google. Currently the best way to access this resource is directly from the library database A-Z.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Planex database: access restored

September 5, 2014

The technical issues affecting the Planex database have now been resolved. Users have to complete a short registration form with their name, email address and area of study. They have to do this once only.

Website redesign and new login procedure

August 25, 2014

The library has made a number of changes over the summer to the library web site.  These are intended to make the process of finding information on resources and services easier and to make access more streamlined by removing the need for additional usernames or passwords.

You will now use your Domain Username and Password to connect to library online resources.  If you previously used Athens this will now not allow access.

The library catalogue,  database A-Z  and journal A-Z  on the library web site are the principal access routes for online resources. You will be prompted for your domain username and password and once logged in should be able to move seamlessly between authenticated services.

If you connect to an online resource via another route, for example by searching for it in Google, please look for either Institutional Login, Shibboleth Login or UK Access Management federation login.

Look at our using eresources page  for further information. Also, if you previously had resources bookmarked or referenced in documents, you will have to update these.

The new web site design makes using the site on mobile devices much better and we hope will be appreciated by all users. Earlier versions of Internet Explorer are problematic so please use version 11 or another web browser (Firefox or Chrome). We are still updating the site and are keen to have your feedback. 

If you have any issues regarding access please contact your academic librarian.

Library drop-in sessions finished for summer.

July 2, 2014

Drop in sessions with your librarian have finished for this trimester. They’ll begin again in October 2014. Why not book an appointment instead? Call 0141 331 3333 or email us.

New version of SMIRK (the wee mobile SMILE) available

June 16, 2014

Version 2 of SMIRK is available at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/SMILE/SMIRK/Start.html The big changes are auto text resizing and the big green navigation arrows to help guide you through the site. You don’t need a login to use it. Let me know what you think at m.kelt@gcu.ac.uk

The way you login to GCU Library eresources is changing

May 23, 2014

From 27th May to 31st July we will be moving away from using Athens passwords at GCU.
During this time some of the links on these pages may not work. To access a specific eresource please use the Database A-Z or the Journal A-Z.

Access to print journals on level 0 of the library

February 27, 2014

As part of the Heart of Campus project, and to prepare for major stock moves over the summer months, the journal print collection on level 0 of the library will be closed from Monday 3rd March. A large number of our journals are available online, why not search them by title on our A-Z journal list? There will be an on demand service to access this material, by completion of a form available from the base at the following times

9.30 – 19.30 Monday – Friday
10.30 – 17.30 Saturday – Sunday

Material will be requested; collected from the compact shelving; picked up from the base and returned to the base, and will be for use in the library only.

Copyright advice from the library

December 6, 2013

Not sure whether to use that image in your presentation? Afraid to add content to GCULearn? Just confused in general?

Well, worry no more – we now have a library copyright advisor! If you can’t find the information you need on our copyright pages, or have a specific question, then contact Marion Kelt of the DDIL team. You can email her on m.kelt@gcu.ac.uk