Using Library Resources Remotely


While you are studying away from the university, you still have access to an extensive collection of ebooks, online journals, academic research databases, films, TV programmes and magazines. Everything we subscribe to is linked from the Library Services main web page and you may also find direct links to essential reading from the reading list in your Canvas modules.

The libraries are now closed until further notice. If you need help to use library resources when working away from the university, we are running a remote enquiry service and the Contact Us web pages have all the contact details.

Print books you have on loan
Holds and recalls on all items have been suspended and all your loans will be renewed automatically. If you are continuing your studies at LJMU in the next academic year, please keep hold of your books and return them in person when our libraries reopen.

If you are based in the UK and have not already left Liverpool, please take your library books with you when you do so. We are currently working on a process for you to be able to return the books to us from home. We will confirm details of this as soon as we are able to. If you are leaving the UK before our libraries reopen please contact our library service for further advice using the online form.

Discover search engine
Enter authors, titles or keywords into the Discover search box on the main web page and you will be presented with a list of academic resources that can be refined using the filters on the right-hand menu. Discover can also help you to manage your research – sign in to review your Library Account and check your borrowing history, pin/save items to your Favourites list, export references to EndNote and create search alerts. The Discover Guide provides more information on all the features available.

When working off campus you may need to provide your LJMU username and password more often to get to the full text. We use the Open Athens authentication system – look for this option and select Liverpool John Moores University as your home institution, then enter your username (in the format lstjblog) and your password.

Electronic Library
Not all of our electronic resources can be searched via the Discover search engine, and sometimes you may wish to go straight to a particular e-journal or academic database. The Electronic Library provides alphabetical lists of e-journals and databases, and links to other tools such as Browzine (an app for creating your personal e-journal library) and Box of Broadcasts (an online archive of UK TV programmes).

Document request and suggestions for purchase
If you find a reference to a journal article that is not available, use the Find A Reference service. The electronic document delivery service is still running at present and you will be sent a pdf of articles located. Inter-library loan requests for print books are currently suspended but you can still suggest that we purchase a copy for the library using the purchase request form. Ebooks can be delivered as usual but print books will be delayed until the libraries re-open.

When writing up assignments you may need some advice on referencing and compiling your bibliography. We have guides and tutorials on the Referencing and Endnote web page to help with these, and our liaison librarians can provide more detailed help during our enquiry service hours.

On the Skills@LJMU web pages we have guides and tutorials for Academic Writing, Maths and Statistics, English for Academic Purposes, Library Skills and IT Skills. The Academic Achievement team  and the Liaison Librarians also run online tutorials and appointments which are advertised in the Skills Training Calendar each week. The FeedForward service is also available via email – the Skills Tutors can provide advice and feedback on aspects of your work before you submit it.

And finally…
Some of the resources we subscribe to are of general interest and may help you to relax during breaks from your academic work:

Press Reader is an online library of newspapers and magazines covering popular topics and hobbies as well as more mainstream academic journals. Download the app to read on a tablet or phone.

Kanopy is a streaming service of feature films and documentaries.

Box of Broadcasts is an online archive of UK free-to-air TV programmes.

Rosetta Stone is our online language learning platform with 24 languages to choose from.

Liverpool Central Library also has an excellent collection of ebooks, magazines and audio books  on the Read Liverpool web pages. The service is free to join online.

LibKey Nomad enhancement for Web of Science and Scopus

The LibKey Nomad browser extension has been expanded to work with two key databases: Web of Science and Scopus. With LibKey Nomad installed in your Chrome browser, you’ll be able to benefit from cover images, article in context links (‘View Complete Issue’) and one-click access to PDFs (‘Download PDF’).

Web Of Science
If you already have LibKey Nomad installed, you can go straight to Web of Science or Scopus to see the new enhancements. You’ll find links to them on Databases A-Z, along with logging on instructions and a user guide for each one (click on the purple icon).

If you have not yet installed LibKey Nomad, you’ll find instructions on how to do this in our Library FAQ.

Prince2 and more

We’ve just renewed our subscription to Prince2

Prince2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management, and is used and recognised all over the world.

We have access to a suite of 21 best practice publications including those on Prince2. The full list of the titles available is as follows:

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices
Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2017
Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2018
PRINCE2 Agile 2018
Integrating PRINCE2 2016
Managing Successful Programmes 2011
Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices
Management of Portfolios 2011
Management of Value
Management of Risk 2010
RESILIA: Cyber Resilience Best Practice
Executive Guide to Directing 2016
Passing the PRINCE2 Exam 2009
MoP Exec Guide (An executive guide to portfolio management)
PRINCE2 Handbook
Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices 2014
Managing Successful Programmes Pocketbook
Management of Risk Pocketbook
MoV Exec Guide (An excutive guide to value management)
Introduction to PRINCE2 2016
A guide to AgileSHIFT 2018

You can access the titles via Databases A-Z under the collective title of AXELOS Global Best Practice. The username and password needed to access this resource can be found by clicking on the red padlock symbol.

The individual titles will soon also be searchable in Discover.

Just one-click to find journal articles

We’ve made some changes to the Discover search, making it easier to find and access journal articles. The enhancement provides one-click access to online journals subscribed to by LJMU directly from Discover where available.

We recommend signing in to Discover before you begin your search. You’ll see ‘Sign In’ in top right corner, click here and enter your LJMU username ( and password. Also note that as you scroll through the list of search results, you may need to wait a few moments for the various options to appear underneath each title.

  • Download PDF

If you see the option ‘Download PDF’, the PDF will appear on your screen with just one click. You’ll need to log in with your LJMU username and password when prompted to if you haven’t already done so. This option is only displayed if a direct path to PDF is available.

  • Read Article

‘Read Article’ provides one-click access to the article on the platform on which it appears, e.g. Proquest. It’s another very fast way of accessing the full-text of an article from the search result screen.

  • Download PDF (via Unpaywall)

This works in the same way as ‘Download PDF’. You’ll see this when the article is freely available as Open Access.

  • View Journal Contents

You can now also easily browse journal contents by selecting ‘View journal contents’. This takes you to the current issue of the journal on a publisher-neutral platform called Browzine. Here, the contents of that particular issue are clearly displayed, and you can also access previous years/volumes. You can also link through to a specific article from this page.

  • View Issue Contents

Similarly, this opens the journal issue in Browzine, taking you to the exact issue and place within the issue where the article was originally published.


We advise you to use the ‘Tweak My Results’ filters on the right hand side of the screen to narrow your search, e.g. select ‘Articles’ or ‘Journals’ under Material Type. See the Library Skills page for more information, including a Discover guide.

For help accessing e-resources or for any other library enquiries, you can contact us using our online chat service, just go to the Library homepage and click the ‘Ask the Library’ button.

ScienceDirect – problems accessing some articles

There is an ongoing issue with the access to some subscribed content in ScienceDirect. An article will be marked ‘Full text access’ with a green dot in the list of search results, but when you are on the main article page, the ‘Get Access’ link does not work. Elsevier are aware of the situation and are working to correct the problem.

In the meantime they have advised that articles can still be downloaded following the instructions below:

1. Select the article on the search results page

2. Tick the box of the article you wish to download

3. Then click the “download selected articles” to download the article/s

*The downloaded article will be a zip file.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will let you know when the problem is rectified.