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How to find good information using Library resources at GSM London

Your Athens account gives you the access to a wide range of online resources with a single username and password. You could think of it as a Gateway which allows you to access all the articles, journals, and other resources on the other side.

Athens (or OpenAthens) is an authentication service that identifies you as a current student of GSM London and informs the database that you have the right to access the content that has been paid for by the school. It works like an electronic ID card.

Go to the Discovery or e-Resources to start using the online resources.

  • All GSM students are provided with an “Athens” account upon enrolment.
  • Your login details for Athens are sent to your student email (@my.gsmlondon.ac.uk) during induction week .
  • The email contains your username, which is in the following format: "gsm + your six-digit barcode number (in the bottom-left of your ID  card), eg gsm123456
  • Please follow the activation link in the email to create your password and you can begin using the online resources
  • If you have not received your Athens login details, please email athens@gsmlondon.ac.uk. You will receive a reply with a new activation link within 24 hours (longer on weekends and holidays)

 

 At the activation page Choose a password according to the following criteria. Your password must

  • include a upper case letter (A,F,Z)
  • Include a lower case letter (a,f,z)
  • be between 8 and 20 characters long
  • not be the same as username 
  • not be ascending or descending series of characters (e.g. john123 or abc567)
  • not be common patterns, such as 'letmein', 'welcome', 'qwerty', 'password

Your password could also include special characters (?,@,!

Sample password: Forest1?Gsm

 

Here is a step-by-step video explaining how to activate your account: 

 Athens activation

Once your Athens account is active you will be able to use  Discovery or e-Resources to search for resources.

If you cannot remember your Athens password, you can reset it by following the 'Problems signing in?' link on the login screen.

  • Each time you access any of the databases we subscribe to, you will see the 'Authentication Point' screen where you will be prompted to type your OpenAthens username and password.
  • In the bottom part of this log in box, there is a link called Problems signing in?
  • Follow the examples below to retrieve your password without having to contact the administrator.

 

At the activation page Choose a password according to the following criteria. Your password must

  • include a upper case letter (A,F,Z)
  • Include a lower case letter (a,f,z)
  • be between 8 and 20 characters long
  • not be the same as username 
  • not be ascending or descending series of characters (e.g. john123 or abc567)
  • not be common patterns, such as 'letmein', 'welcome', 'qwerty', 'password'

Your password could also include special characters (?,@,!

Sample password: Forest1?Gsm

 

Once you click on the Problems signing in? link, the next screen will ask you to supply your Athens username:

 

 

Once you click on 'Next', you will receive  further instructions on how to finish updating your password. Please note that the email will go to your GSM email address (@my.gsmlondon.ac.uk)

 

Here is a step-by-step video explaining how to reset your password:
 

 Athens password reset

If you are having any issues, such as:

  • Unable to activate your account
  • Cannot reset your your password
  • Your account has expired

Please feel free to contact your Athens administrator at athens@gsmlondon.ac.uk

Please note that it could take up to 24 hours during the week and longer if you are emailing during the weekend or a holiday to get a response from the administrator.

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