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Open Athens


OpenAthens is an authentication service. It allows you to use your CSIRO account to access subscription-based electronic resources both on and off site. This guide contains information on the following topics: 

  • A brief description of OpenAthens and its benefits
  • Login Process Flowchart
  • Logging in Offsite and Onsite
  • Authenticating via Discovery or directly from the web

Intended Audience: This guide is intended for CSIRO research and professional staff

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How will OpenAthens affect me?

There will be no change if you are accessing resources via Discovery Search.

You may now directly login to some online databases/journals via OpenAthens using your CSIRO account. Look for the Institutional Login, Library Login or OpenAthens login option.

Benefits of Open Athens

Single sign-on

OpenAthens establishes one set of log-in credentials for all web resources and applications. You can easily sign in and access the information you are looking for without being confronted with unnecessary restrictions.

Off-site and on-site access

OpenAthens provides access to information quickly and easily with single links, whether you are working on or off-site. Users can also access the information using mobile devices.

The library comes to you!

It doesn't matter where you start: from Google or Google Scholar, the journal’s website or a link shared by a friend, OpenAthens allows us to bring library resources to you.