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Online Resources: Introduction

Everything you need to know about our online resources.

Introduction to Online Resources

Online resources include our library catalogue - WorldCat - and the databases on our A-Z Databases site. Both contain dozens of curated collections of journal articles, ebooks, documents and images.

Some of the databases listed on A-Z Databases are marked as open access, which means that they are completely free and open to anyone to use anywhere in the world. The remainder are either licensed or subscribed to by the University and are available only to current BGU students and members of staff.

Access to online resources is automatic when on campus. If you use online resources off-campus you will be prompted to login using your BGU credentials.


WorldCat is our library catalogue and discovery tool and contains records of all the resources we provide access to, including books & ebooks, journals & ejournals, reports, DVDs and items from the Teaching Resources Collection like puppet bags, resource packs and artefact boxes. Online resources like ebooks and full text articles open directly from WorldCat.  To learn more about WorldCat click here.

LibKey Nomad

If you regularly study off-campus, or use search tools like Google Scholar, we highly recommend that you download LibKey Nomad (click here for installation instructions). LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that displays an onscreen alert when you find an article that the Library provides access to, thus removing the need to separately check WorldCat.

Databases and e-Journals

All databases can be accessed from A-Z Databases. Many also integrate with WorldCat, meaning your search results may include a mixture of physical resources that you can borrow and online resources that you can read onscreen.

A-Z Databases contains a list of, and links to, all databases that the Library provides access to via subscriptions and licences, plus a number of open access databases that are freely available to anyone.   You can filter databases by subject and type, and view which databases are searchable via WorldCat; simply click on the All Database Types drop-down box and select either Searchable via WorldCat or Not searchable via WorldCat. Clicking on the title of a database will open it in a new window.  

Our online resources include over 30,000 full-text e-journals.  For advice about how to search for and access these, and the articles they contain, see our Using Journals guide below.

eJournal / eBook Checker

The tab at the top of the page marked eJournal / eBook Checker opens in a new window.  It's a really useful feature of WorldCat that often gets overlooked, and we think it deserves more attention!  It's useful because it allows you to a) check if we have full-text access for a particular journal and b) browse and search all of our ebook collections at the same time.