Using electronic resources

Freely accessible information services can be used by all users, regardless of the IP range.

When using electronic resources, please note the following:

Network-dependent access

  • Members of ETH Zurich can access electronic resources (e-journals, databases, e-books, etc.) for which a fee is charged or which are licensed by ETH Library from the sub-networks of ETH Zurich.
  • All external users can access resources in the public areas of ETH Library.

Direct access is only possible from the main networks of ETH Zurich (in some cases proxy still required):

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  • 2001:67c:10ec::/48 

In all other cases, Public VPN (external link) or alternatively (external link) must be used.

Check whether the IP address for your computer is within the ETH Zurich network structure: Check your IP address (external link)

For access via an external provider (ADSL, Cablecom, iPass (external link)) you should also use Public VPN or

Access to databases and e-journals using a password

To access the following databases, you have to have a User ID and password:

  • SciFinder Scholar
  • Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland (Hades)

You can find the relevant information for each by clicking on the "Information on the database" link on our website.

In exceptional cases, a User ID and password are also required for access to e-journals. This information can be found on the SFX Service Menu in the "Note" section.

Reaching the right document quickly and easily from the literature search

Clicking on the SFX button in a database, or on the link "Online resource" in on ETH Library's Search Portal takes you to a service page with more links indicating how to obtain the document you need.

The bX Recommender Service lists articles which may also be of interest to the user. On ETH Library's Search Portal, these articles are displayed in tthe full view of a title. Accessing articles via a database and the SFX button, the recommendations are included in the SFX menu. The recommendations are generated from patterns of use for SFX files. ETH Library is one of several hundred university libraries worldwide which makes this data available for analysis in an anonymised and encrypted form.

Legal notes

For electronic resources for which a fee is charged, ETH Library has entered into licensing agreements with the relevant providers. These define the terms and conditions of use, taking account of current copyright law.
The following general points apply to the use of these resources:

  • Full text versions may only be printed out or saved for personal use or for research purposes.
  • The systematic downloading of articles, e-books or other full text versions, or of search results, especially by using robots or similar software, is prohibited.
  • Articles and other electronic resources may not be passed on to third parties or used commercially, in either electronic or printed form.