How to use e-resources

last updated : 2022/11/30

Agree the agreement about Using e-Resources Access Authentification System and use of the new authentication system are required to use the e-journals and databases.

Please refer to "Guide to the E-Journal and Database Authentication System" (for on-campus use only) for the background of the introduction of the new authentication system.

With the new authentication system, you can use the system not only on campus, but also from off-campus environments such as home.

You can check the details of contracts here.

Please note that if you do not agree the agreement of the new authentication system at the first time,
you will not be able to use most of the e-journals and databases.

The Purpose of the e-Journal and Database Authentication System

Please refer to the Guide to e-Journal and Database Authentication System.

Setup and usage manual (by browser)

The new system is compatible with most browsers that allow JavaScript, but we recommend using browsers that have been tested to work, the following browsers:

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox (Windows)
Safari (Mac)
Safari (iPad), Safari (iPhone)
Google Chrome (Android)

*For Google Chrome (Mac) and Firefox (Mac), see the Windows version manual.

Agree the agreement and link to bookmarklet setting site required)


  1. Authentication is required each time you use the system.
  2. You need to go through the authentication system regardless of whether you are off-campus or on-campus. Some resources are not allowed to be accessed from off-campus due to contracts. Please check the terms of use of the e-journal/database you wish to use carefully at E-Journal List/Kyodai ArticleLinker before using it. For details on how to check, see "How to check if remote access is allowed? below.
  3. If the URL after using the authentication system goes outside the range of, which is the range of Kyoto University, please click the bookmarklet accordingly.
  4. If the content is not subscribed to by Kyoto University, or if the content is not accessible via the new authentication system, you will not be able to access it even if the URL is rewritten.
  5. Even if the electronic resource is accessible, the bookmarklet may not work and you may not be able to view it. In this case, please search again from KULINE (Kyoto University Library Catalog), Discovery (Integrated Search Service), ArticleLinker (Kyoto University), Library Organization E-Journals and E-Books List, Database List, etc., and click the bookmarklet.
  6. If you have trouble using the bookmarklet for a database, please access it from the database list.
  7. Use for purposes other than personal use, large volume downloading beyond the scope of personal use, reproduction, or redistribution is prohibited. Please be aware that you may be subject to penalties such as having access to the entire university blocked.

Access by methods other than bookmarklet

If you can agree the agreement and set up bookmarklet, no further settings are required.
If you have completed the initial consent, you can also use the service from some "KULINE", "Discovery", "Kyoto University Article Linker", "E-Journal/E-Book List", and "Database List".

If you wish to use the Kyoto University network from off-campus, please use the off-campus connection service provided by the Information Environment Organization (Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies).
Please refer to the following links for configuration manuals for each OS.

Off-Campus Access|Organization for Information Environment, Kyoto University

How to check the licence of e-resources

1.Search for terms of use for e-resources from any of the following steps from A to C.

A. Visit E-Journal & E-Book List - E-Journals / E-Books site (platform) List, and click Terms of Use.

Term of Use 1

B. Visit E-Journal & E-Book List, search for a specific e-resource, and click Terms of Use.

Term of Use 2

C. In the KU AritcleLinker, click View Terms of Use.

Term of Use 3

2. ...And check if Remote Access is allowed or not.

Term of Use 4

  • ◎Yes : Remote access is allowed.
  • ×No : Remote access is not allowed.
  • (Blank) : Unknown = Remote access is not recommended.

How to use e-resources(plug-in)

In order to access e-resources, such as e-journals, e-books and databases, the installment of a designated plug-in is required.

This plug-in allows you to be authenticated to access e-resources from the campus and even from home without other change of settings of your PC or network.

Please note that some e-resources do not allow you to use via remote access under the contracts Kyoto University Library signs with providers.

You can check the details of contracts here.

Please note that you cannot access most of e-resources from a browser without the plug-in.

[Advance Notice] Important: E-Journal and Database Authentication System will Change(Posted:2022/10/03)

The Purpose of the e-Journal and Database Authentication System

Please refer to the Guide to e-Journal and Database Authentication System.

System Requirement

OS : Windows,Mac OS or Linux

Browser : Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

How to Install / Use

Please make sure to read the following documents before installing the plug-in.
Guide to "e-Resources Access Authentication System" Firefox-en(ECS-ID/SPS-ID required)
Guide to "e-Resources Access Authentication System" Google Chrome-en(ECS-ID/SPS-ID required)

《Introduction video on how to install the plugin》
Cyber Learning Space>Library Lectures>Introduction on e-Resources and the Plugin
"How to Install Kyoto University Library e-Resources Plugin (in English)" (ECS-ID/SPS-ID required)

FAQ (ECS-ID/SPS-ID required)

Download Site of the Plug-in required)

*If you cannot access the Chrome Web Store, try to sign out of your Google account.


1.The plug-in doesn't support access from other browsers or devices than the above mentioned to which the plug-in cannot be installed, such as smartphones and tablet devices (iOS/Android).
2.Please do not activate reference management software, while you are accessing e-resources using the plug-in, because the plug-in doesn't support the use of such software. (The plug-in might interrupt the function of some reference management software, such as EndNote desktop, to import data from e-resources platforms.)
3.When you use one of PC terminals equipped in Satellite Classrooms and Open Space Laboratories (OSL), you can access e-resources by clicking a shortcut "Mozilla Firefox (e-resources)".
4.If security software ESET is installed on your PC, please make the following settings.
*The following is the operation method of ESET Endpoint Security windows version. The procedure varies depending on the product.

  1. Start ESET, click "Setup" on the left menu, and click "Advanced setup" on the bottom right.
  2. Click "Network protection" on the left menu, then click "Firewall" on the left menu.
  3. Select "ADVANCED" on the right menu and click "Edit" in "Zones".
  4. Click "Add", enter "EJDB authentication system" in the top "Name", enter "" in the bottom "Remote computer address (IPv4, IPv6, range, mask)", and click "OK". Click "OK".
  5. Click "Web and Email" on the left menu, and click "Edit" on the right menu "Excluded IP addresses".
  6. Click "Add", enter "" in the input field, and click "OK" and "OK".
  7. Click "OK" and click "Yes" if "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" is displayed.

How to use e-resources via KUINS-VPN remote access service

When you use a PC browser installed plug-in, you don't need to set up other setting.
When you try to access by other devices, you can access a part of e-books or databases via KUINS-VPN remote access service.
Please refer to the IIMC webpages "Connection from Off-campus" below.

To check if your setting is successful, click the below please.

If you can not resolve the problem by your own, please contact IIMC Help Desk.