Take the Library with you


As a Sheffield Hallam student, you can still use the University’s library resources no matter where you are in the world (as long as you have internet connection, that is).

To make sure you can get access to electronic books, journal articles, and more, the best place to start is shuspace.  Go to shuspace.shu.ac.uk and log in using your University username and password, then click on the Library Gateway link at the top of the screen.

Link on shuspace

A new window will pop up.  Click on ‘Login as SHU students and staff’, that will give you access to all of our library resources.

Library Gateway login options

Finally, the Library Gateway will open, with Library Search and all the other features you’re used to when you’re working on campus.

Arrrgh it won’t work!

If you’ve followed the steps above and still can’t get access to something, try repeating the same steps but in a different browser.  The Library Gateway works in most browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  We’ve noticed a few problems with Edge so best not use that.

If you’re stuck, get in touch.  Click on the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the Library Gateway to see the different ways you can reach us.  If you’re telling us about library resources that you can’t access, we’ll need to know:

  • as much information about it as possible – title, author, date of publication, etc
  • the web address of the page you were on when you got stuck (copy it from the browser address bar and paste it into email or chat)
  • who you are so we can help you – make sure you tell us your full name and student number (it’s on your SHUcard).

Go through the Library Gateway

Library Gateway

There’s no denying that you can find loads with a Google search: millions of webpages, documents, and all sorts of other things. If you’re looking for a journal article though, it’s much better to go through the Library Gateway.

Why not Google?

Going through Google, you’ll probably find the details of the journal article you need, but struggle to get access to the full text. The journal website won’t have any way of knowing that you’re a Sheffield Hallam student, so you won’t benefit from the University’s subscriptions.

Library Search and databases

Log in to shuspace and click on the link to the Library Gateway.

lslogoMost of the journal articles you’ll need for your course can be accessed through Library Search. You should be able to get the full text of articles.

Sometimes, you lecturer might suggest a specific journals database, e.g. CINAHL. Databases are often focused on particular subjects, so your searches can be more precise. Go to your subject guide and have a look on the Journals page to find the database you need. If you can’t see it there, try the A-Z list of databases instead.

Tip: if you’re in a database and can’t get to the full text of an article, log in to shuspace and try again. If you still can’t get access, contact us.

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Find the full text every time


If you’re looking for a electronic journal article, you can find it by heading to the Library Gateway and typing keywords into Library Search.  The title and author’s name are a good way to start, or you can type in a topic area.

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Then, click on the ‘Full Text Online’ filter at the top of the search results…

Full Text Online filter highlighted

…and on the ‘Articles’ filter on the left-hand side.

Once you’ve scrolled down the list and found an article you want, the next thing you need to do is get to the full text.  Click on ‘Find online’ underneath the title.

Click Find online highlighted

Some articles will take you straight to the full text, there and then.  With others, you have to do a little more work.  If there are several different sources for the article, you’ll get a list and you need to click on one of the links, it doesn’t matter which.

View online at

Other articles are a bit more tricky and we have to do a bit more exploring to find the full text.  You might click on the link and find that you get taken to the journal homepage rather than the article.  If that happens, don’t give up!  Sometimes, there’ll be a search box on the journal homepage; type in the title of the article you need and you’ll soon have the full text.  If there’s no search box, make a note of the volume and issue number and browse through the journal until you find what you’re looking for.

Volume and issue numbers

In case you wondered, these are the volume and issue numbers.  The first one is the volume number (and the one in brackets is the issue number).

If you get stuck and can’t find the full text, come to the library Helpdesk or get in touch with us by email or chat and we’ll investigate.

You may also be interested in: Finding a journal article using Library Search (YouTube video)

Dive into databases – see the A-Z list

Journals databases are collections of journal articles, often on a particular subject but sometimes across a wider area. Library Search will find you most of the library resources you need for your assignments, but databases can sometimes offer access to even more articles. If one of your lecturers recommends a database, the first thing you’ll need to do is find it. Here’s the easiest way.

1. Go to the Library Gateway. Most people follow the link at the top of shuspace.

Library Gateway link

2. On the Gateway front page, click on the A-Z list of databases link.

A-Z list link

3. You’ll see a long list of databases – over 330 at last count – so it’s a good idea to search for the one you want rather than scrolling down the list. Type the title (or as much of the title as you know) into the search box, then click ‘Go’.

A-Z search box

4. The database your lecturer mentioned should appear in the search results. Click on the relevant link and you’ll be taken to the database’s front page, where you can search for articles on the topics it covers.

If you can’t see the database you want in the A-Z list, the best thing to do is contact the Library and we’ll help you track it down.

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Requesting library resources we don’t have at SHU

It probably won’t happen very often, but occasionally you might need something that we don’t have in the library or subscribe to.  Maybe one of your lecturers has recommended a book to read for your dissertation, or there’s an journal article that would be ideal for a project you’re working on.  Watch this video tutorial on how to use Library Search to request those things.

Remember: if you want to know more, contact us:

You may also be interested in: Finding a book using Library Search

Finding journal articles using Library Search

We’ve moved to a new Library Search system recently, so you might notice a few differences in the interface.  Watch this video tutorial to find a journal article and get access to the full text…

Remember: if you want to know more, contact us:

You may also be interested in: Finding a book using Library Search

Finding books using Library Search

We’ve updated the system behind Library Search recently, so it still has a lot of the sam features but some of them look slightly different.  If you’d like some step-by-step instructions on how to find a book, watch this video tutorial and all will be revealed…

Remember: if you want to know more, contact us:

You may also be interested in: Finding a journal article using Library Search

How to…access online journal articles by browsing

You can get to most of our eJournal articles by using Library Search and clicking on the ‘Full Text Online’ link.

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Sometimes, clicking on that link won’t take you to the page where you can view or download the article.  Instead, you’ll get the SHU Links page.SHU Links logoThis usually happens when it’s a free article rather than one that we pay for.  Don’t worry though – follow these 3 steps and you’ll be reading your article in no time.

  1. Click on the ‘Browse Journal’ button and a new window will open, taking you directly to the journal website.Browse journal
  2. Next, you’ll need to click through to the Volume and Issue that contain the article you want.  These details can be found on the SHU Links page.  Every journal website is different, but the navigation options are usually down the left-hand side.
  3. When you’ve chosen the volume and the issue, you should find yourself on a webpage with the title of the article you need.  Just click on the title and a new window will open, showing the full text of the journal article.PDF linkIf you have any problems, ask at one of the learning centre Helpdesks and we’ll guide you through the process.

Easier access to articles eBooks and eJournals

Good news:  We’ve fixed the issue with multiple login boxes on the Library Gateway – we know you found it annoying!

Login to shuspace and get straight through to Library Gateway articles eBooks and eJournals, without another login prompt.

Making your life easier.

As always, please drop us a line if you notice any thing that’s not working.