Off-Campus Library Use: Electronic Resources

Where do I find the library’s electronic resources?

Links to our research tools (for books, articles, journal titles, etc.) are listed in the Find Books & Media and Find Articles section of our main library webpage, http://library.csp.edu. You can also search some tools (CLICnet, Course Reserves, etc.) directly from the search boxes in the lefthand column of this page.

Which username and password do I use to log into library databases?

Use the same username and password that you would use to login to Blackboard and the CSP Connect Portal. If you are having trouble remembering your password, Library Staff cannot help you reset your password. Contact the I.T. Help Desk to reset your password: helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866

How do I get access to the databases from off campus?

In the Find section of the library webpage (http://library.csp.edu), you can either reach our full list of available databases by clicking on the Articles (Databases: A-Z, by subject) link. You will be asked to log in.  Use the same username and password that you would use to access the on-campus computers (i.e. your network username and password). If you are having trouble remembering your password, Library Staff cannot help you reset your password. Contact the I.T. Help Desk to reset your password: helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866
What if the database denies me access?

There are a few circumstances that may cause problems when trying to access databases from off campus:

1. If you get the message “I’m sorry but you no longer have an active account with Concordia University”, please contact the library immediately so that we can arrange for temporary access and troubleshoot the problem. Please include your full name, what program you are enrolled in (be as specific as possible), when your enrollment began, who your professor is, whether or not you can successfully login to the student portal, and whether or not you have successfully accessed CSP library databases in the past. If it is during reference hours, it would be best to call (651) 641-8812. Otherwise, send us an email at reference@csp.edu.
2. Accessing a database from a business may be a problem as some businesses have firewalls that block databases.
3. Accessing the database or articles from a location other than the CSP library website may be a problem because the database may not recognize you as a CSP user/CSP subscriber.

In the event that you are denied access to one of the databases, please email reference@csp.edu or call (651) 641-8812 during for assistance.  It will be very helpful if you have a few pieces of information (see questions below) with you at the time of your call:
1. Are you experiencing the problem with just one database or with more than one?
2. How long has this problem occurred?
3. Do you see a plain text Concordia University login screen or do you see the database/vendor name on the login screen?
4. What messages, if any, do you get when the login fails?
5. What did you do step by step?

What is CLICnet?

CLICnet is the combined library catalog of the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium, a library consortium of which Concordia is a part.  This catalog allows you to search for materials owned by Concordia and owned by the other libraries in the consortium.

What are ebooks?

Ebooks are books that can be accessed and read online.  Go here for a listing of our different places you can find eBooks.

What can be found in the library databases?

The library databases generally index the articles contained in journals.  However, we have some databases that contain ebooks and streaming media (Naxos and Films on Demand).

Many of the articles in the periodical databases are available in full text. If you are not finding the full text, please use our Journal Finder tool to determine if another database (or our print/microfilm collection) has the article in full-text format.

What is Journal Finder?

Journal Finder is a tool that can help you find a path to a particular journal or full-text article anywhere in Concordia’s collection (print, electronic, microfilm).

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