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Open Athens

Sign In From Anywhere

One of the great things about OpenAthens is that you have the ability to login from anywhere on the internet.

If you come across a scholarly article while using Google, you can sign in for full-text access so long as the TMC Library subscribes to the journal or resource.

Once you have found an article on a vendor site, the steps to sign in to OpenAthens are:

  1. Locate the Sign In or Login link.
  2. Select OpenAthens (or sometimes just Athens) as the method to sign in.
  3. Search for "Texas Medical Center Library" under Find Your Organization.
  4. Choose how to sign in based on your institutional affiliation.

This guide has some images to give you an idea of how this process works. Please note that there are variations in design among vendor sites.

Finding the OpenAthens Sign In


Open Athens allows you to authenticate your login credentials anywhere on the internet with an Open Athens sign-in. This means that if you have found an article during a Google search, your access can be authenticated at the vendor's website. You will need to locate the sign-in area if you do not go through the TMC Library website.

Every vendor site is unique, but the Sign In or Login option often appears in the top right corner of the screen.

Here we will demonstrate what you need to do to get to the Open Athens sign in prompt. These images are from the vendor Elsevier:



When you click the Sign In link, you will be prompted to enter your login credentials:


Elsevier - Click Open Athens

Click Open Athens on the right side, under Sign in via your institution.

Signing In With Open Athens

When trying to access a database, journal or ebook, you will be presented with 1 of the 2 screens presented here.

Some resources (such as CINAHL and other EBSCO databases) present the user with this screen before selecting an institution:

If you do not see the screen above, skip to the "Choose how to sign in" screenshot below.

You will use the Find your organization side on the right.

Try searching for "Texas Medical Center Library". You should see this option appear below the search field. Click on this suggestion. This will work for almost all of the electronic resources.

If this does not work, try searching for "HAM" or "Houston Academy of Medicine". Once you find and click the Texas Medical Center Library as an organization, a new window will appear.

OpenAthens: Choose how to sign in


Choose the option that is most appropriate for you. Please note that Baylor College of Medicine, UT Health and MD Anderson users do not need to register for Open Athens. The system will use your institutional login to authenticate your access.

If you are a UT user, click the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston option from the menu above. You will be taken to the UTHealth Enterprise login prompt.

UTHealth Enterprise Login

 Sign in using your UTH credentials.

If you have difficulty with your account, contact the UT Help Desk:

(713) 486-4848

If you are a Baylor user, click the Baylor College of Medicine option on the menu above. You will be taken to the BCM Federated login prompt.

Baylor College of Medicine Federated Login

 Sign in using your BCM credentials.

If you have difficulty with your account, contact the BCM Help Desk:


If you are a user from:

  • Houston Community College - Coleman College for Health Sciences
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
  • Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

click the OpenAthens option at the bottom. Note that users from this group need to fill out the registration form before using Open Athens.

The registration form can be found here: