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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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Partner access to E-resources

Welcome to your partner e-resources and databases. Please view the relevant tabs to access further information on the resources available, how to access them and further general information from our Academic Partnership Unit.

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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.

For licensing reasons please remember that you will only be able to access the selected subscription resources shown below. Please note that 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 why. Many of the resources also have video guides below which the university's subject 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.



Full text

Access to electronic books purchased in electronic format by Lanchester Library.

For more information, watch our simple video guide.






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


Please note: You are welcome to access Locate our Library search interface, to see what kind of information resources we hold, (including any free subject specific websites that might be listed for your subject area). However you will only be able to access electronic resources if they are included in the packages listed above or are free. Therefore we strongly recommend that to avoid disappointment you enter access the resources you are entitled to via the links above. 


If you need help putting your references into the Harvard style you might like to start with our short guide. For more information take a look at the detailed guide to the Harvard reference style produced by the Centre for Academic Writing (CAW). Both of these guides specifically refer to putting references into the Coventry University Harvard style.


Academic Partnership General 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 CU 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.

I have received a notification of results letter confirming my award and would like to graduate at Coventry University, how can this be arranged?

Graduation ceremonies are held at Coventry three times per year; April, July and November and you are more than welcome to attend. Students are only permitted to be conferred at one graduation ceremony so you will be unable to attend a ceremony in Coventry if you have already attended one at your partner institution. Conversely, if you decide to be conferred in Coventry you cannot do the same at your partner institution. To register your interest to attend a ceremony at Coventry University, please email

I require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa to attend the graduation ceremony, how can I request this?

Please email with the following details:

Full name as it appears on passport

Date of Birth

Passport number


We will require the same information for any guests you would like to bring. Invitation letters can be emailed to the address you provide, hard copies will be posted to the administrator at your partner institution for distribution.

How many guests am I allowed to bring to the graduation ceremony?

Graduands are allocated a maximum of two guest tickets each for entrance to Coventry Cathedral where the ceremony will take place. Any additional guests are welcome to visit Coventry and the graduation event will be streamed live from an alternative location on campus for those who cannot get access to the Cathedral.

Request a Login / Resetting your Password / IT Code of Conduct

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. See our guide to registering for an IT account if you are having any difficulties.

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 your username and password has expired when trying to login to a resource, you can reset your password online. 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.