FAQ: eResources

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I do not study or teach at Charles University. I have no formal relation to CU nor attend courses at the University of the Third Age. Can I still use eResources at CU FA? 

Yes, you may use eResources even as an academia or general public user without any formal relation to CU. First, obtaining an external user ID card issued at CU Card Service Centres is necessary. As an external user of the services, you may access eResources directly from the library computers at CU FA, where the library staff will log you in after you show your external user ID card. When staff members log you into a computer, you may use one of the search tools and gain access to the eResources described here.  

Due to the licence conditions, remote access to eResources(i.e., from your computer) is limited to external users only to specific resources. You may find the list of the available eResources for external users on the eResources Portal. To remotely access them, you must log in with the login and password you receive at the Card Service Centre with your external user card.  

For your first search, we recommend using the UKAŽ discovery service, which searches almost through all printed and electronic resources at Charles University and elsewhere. For a more detailed search, we recommend using the eResources Portal, i.e., databases you may find there.  

I need access to an eResource subscribed for another programme than mine. May I access eResources that are not intended for my programme?  

CU subscribes to various databases, which are accessible to the whole academia regardless of their programme. Nevertheless, some databases are intended solely for specific programmes; in such a case, only the students and teachers of these programmes have remote access. Charles University Central Authentication Service verifies the access, and if your account is not connected to the given programme, it is not possible to remotely access this eResource.  

Suppose you need access to an eResource that does belong to your programme. In that case, the solution is to directly access it from a computer where the resource is available. For example, if you want to use the eResource one accessible only for a programme taught in the CU building in Jinonice, you have to visit the local library and access the resource from its computer. You will need to log in to an account in the domain Jinonice, which the CU FA students are entitled to. More information on the domain Jinonice may be found here (in Czech).  


How can I find which database is accessible for my programme and which is for the whole university?  

After a click-through to a database on the eResources Portal, you can find the rows “Direct access for:” or “Remote access:”. There, you can see the names of the faculties or their departments and institutions with access to the particular database.  

There are two links to remote accesses on the eResources Portal: One has in brackets EZproxy and the other one Shibboleth. Which one should I choose?  

EZproxy and Shibboleth are services that provide remote access to eResources. Some remote access is available only via Shibboleth or EZproxy, and others even via both services. For you, as an end-user, it is essential that their operation is not different from each other and that both will take you to the desired database.  

I have logged into the eResources Portal and see an error message stating “This resource is not fully available to you!”. What does it mean?  

Some eResources (databases) contain other partial sub-databases that may relate to various programmes (e.g., EBSCOhost database). This sentence notifies you that some of these sub-databases may not be accessible to you as they are unrelated to your programme; therefore, you cannot use them for licencing or technical reasons.