Answered By: E-library Team
Last Updated: 18 Jul, 2016     Views: 126

Some of the databases we provide permit you to register a personal account and do things like create alerts, get RSS feeds and save your research / search strategies. For example, RefWorks permits you to store references and full text documents in your personal database as well as providing you with its Write-N-Cite tool to add references to a Word document and create a bibliography.

Each database provider will have support information on how to use these personal features

  • Scopus, for example, has an interactive tutorial that you can view online (see link below)
  • Web of Science asks you to register an account, My ResearcherID (see link below)
  • Passport asks you to register an account tied to your institutional ID on your first visit - you can save search items to this account (see link below)

A few database providers associate your personal account with your institutional (Shibboleth) identity. In the latter case, when a database provider changes its configuration or, if Brunel University changes the way you sign in (for example, the development of Brunel Sign In to integrate your access to BlackBoard Learn, eVision and IntraBrunel), you may have to set up your personal account and find/save your data again.

It is, therefore, good practice for you to keep a note of your personal data saved on your account, in case you need to set it up again on the same or on similar databases. One example is Euromonitor's Passport database (see related LibAnswer: Others include Elsevier's Science Direct and Scopus databases (see related LibAnswer:

If you need help with access to your personal data, please contact the database provider directly, or email

We recommend that you always sign in to the databases the Library provides via the Login to e-Library link on the Library homepage (see link below).