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Working at Coventry University

Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Access to E-resources for Partner Institutions

Welcome to your academic e-resources portal. This page includes links to all of our online databases and e-resources that you will have access to during your studies with us. 

Please click the relevant tabs below for:

  • Links to access electronic resources 
  • Instructions for requesting log-in details
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Access to Databases and/
Electronic Resources

To access these resources you will need a Coventry University computer username and password. If you have a Coventry University Student Identity Number (SID) you can register with IT Services to get a Coventry University username and choose a password.

Please note that whilst we try subscribe to as many journals as possible, not all full text content on these databases is within our subscriptions - if you do not see a download or “full text” option then this is likely to be the reason. 

Many of the resources also have video guides below which the university's librarians have recorded in order to explain how to access and search them. 

Click on the resource name below for access.



Time span

Academic Search Complete 

Full text

A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text journals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Variable to present

Business Source Complete 

Full text

Comprehensive Business Database covering 1,300 business journals.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.

Variable to present

Ebook Central

Full text

Over 20,000 full-text books in multiple academic and general interest subject areas, sheet music titles and reports.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.



Full text

*To login to Emerald please click on 'Shibboleth' then select UK Higher Education from the 'select a region/group' menu and click on Coventry University and enter your university username and password.

The full text of articles from over 80 journals from MCB University Press, with the primary emphasis on management. Subjects covered include engineering; general management; human resources; information management; library and information sciences; marketing; operations; production and economics; property; training / education and quality, supply chain management.

Variable, mostly full-text from 1994


Language and Literature and Music



Full text


The Languages and Literature collection spans the literary cultures of many different countries. Developed with the help of the Modern Language Association, it includes a range of core journals in the diverse fields of literary criticism that have emerged in the last thirty years. The Music Collection contains the complete back runs of 33 titles dedicated to scholarly research and theory in the field of music. Access to journals in JSTOR is subject to a system of moving time walls. This means that, in the majority of cases, the most recent 5 years of a particular journal is not available.






Large full-text database providing journal access in the following subject areas: Arts and humanities, design and applied arts, business, health and medicine, history, literature, newspapers, science and technology and social sciences.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.


Science Direct

Full text

ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.

Variable, most full-text from 2000 onwards


Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It contains scientific, medical, technical and social science information.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.

1900 to present with emphasis on 1996 to present



If you need help putting your references into the Coventry University Harvard style you might like to visit our dedicated Referencing LibGuide.

How to Request Access

If you have a Coventry University Student Identity Number (SID) you can register with IT Services to get a Coventry University username and to choose a password. If you experience difficulties doing this, please call IT services on +44 (0)2477 657 777 or email  

Please keep your username and password safe and do not give it to anyone else. As usernames and passwords are individual any misuse of resources can be traced back to the owner.

For security reasons all Coventry University passwords expire after three months. If you get a message saying that your password has expired when trying to login to a resource, you can reset your password online. To do this you will need your Coventry Student Identity Number and date of birth.

These e-resources are protected by UK copyright and database right laws. Please read our Copyright Statement before using the service. Any misuse of a password will result in the immediate suspension of your account.

When you register for IT Services you are bound by the terms of Coventry University's IT Code of Conduct.

Partner Student FAQ's

I have received my welcome letter but my date of birth is incorrect, how can this be amended?

Please email with your student ID number and correct date of birth. The same email address can also be used if you would like to amend the spelling or order of your name(s).

How can I register for IT Services to gain access to e-resources?

You should have received a welcome pack with your Coventry University student ID number and the date of birth we have registered on the system. You will need this information to set up a log in.

I was previously enrolled on a course but I am now receiving an error message when trying to access the e-resources, what can I do?

If the error message states that you are no longer enrolled then please email with ‘E-resources Access’ as a subject heading. Please ensure that you state your Coventry University student ID number and name in the email to enable us to help you. 

I am still receiving an error message but it does not refer to not being enrolled, how can I get access?

Where possible we would like you to send a screenshot of the error message to as this will help us to source the issue and resolve it as soon as possible. It would be very useful if you could also include which e-resources and sites you are trying to visit. Please be advised that due to licensing agreements with certain E-resource providers, you may not be able to access certain documents.