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Admin and Staff Guide to the TMC Library

Admin and Staff Guide to the TMC Library

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 using your institutionally assigned login credentials (email and password) from anywhere on the Internet to get to full-text of an article, provided 1. you have current institutional affiliation (you are a current student, staff or faculty member)  and 2. the TMC Library has an agreement with that vendor. This means that if you have found an article during a Google search, your access can be authenticated at the vendor's website without your needing to go through the Library's website. However, you will need to locate the Open Athens sign-in 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. 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.

Split Open Athens Login Screen for EBSCO

When trying to access resources from an EBSCO database (CINAHL, etc.), you will see a split screen for the login choice.  The left side is used for logging in with generic OpenAthens credentials.   

The right hand side with "Find your organisation" will allow Single Sign On users to use their institutional credentials.  To use SSO credentials, search for "Texas Medical Center Library":

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

Upon clicking on "Texas Medical Center Library" as an organization, the menu drop down page will appear:

OpenAthens: Choose how to sign in


Choose your institution. 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 the OpenAthens option. Note that users from this group need to fill out the registration form before using Open Athens.

The registration form can be found here: