How do I access databases off campus?


  1. If you are accessing resources off campus via the Library’s discovery services or Blackboard you may simply need to login using your NWP email and password
  2. To access licensed resources directly from the web, look for ‘sign in’ or ‘login’ on the publisher’s homepage. 
    • Click on the link and look for the OpenAthens, Shibboleth or ‘login via your institution’ button. Publishers’ login and terminology varies widely, so look for similar terms.  
    • Find Northwestern Polytechnic by using the search box and select it. This will take you to your institutional login page where you can use your NWP email and password to login.
    • The first time you log into a resource, you may be required to accept the terms of use.   You will need to confirm that you have read and agree to these terms to be able to access the licensed content. If you do not accept the terms you may have limited or no access to this content


If you have previously logged in to OpenAthens or are logged into other NWP single sign-on services, you may not need to login again or you may be presented with a NWP only login page


Please note that off-campus access to databases is available only to current students, faculty, and staff, and is limited to items showing a link for Northwestern Polytechnic Access. You will not have access to other location links (for example, items from the University of Alberta or MacEwan).

  • Last Updated Feb 22, 2024
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  • Answered By Kieren Bailey

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