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General information about access

The Politecnico libraries subscribe to several publishers to allow access to different types of online resources.

If you are outside the Politecnico, you can access the online resources as an institutional user in two ways:

• via proxy
• through federated authentication.

To find out the details of the two ways, and to evaluate which is the most suitable for your needs, refer to this page: Proxy service and federated access 

If you have problems using the proxy or other questions, refer to  Frequently Asked Questions and Support 

Institutional users have the right to access and to use the electronic resources for a personal research and study purpose.

You are not allowed to use any robots, spiders, crawlers or other automated
downloading programmes, algorithms or devices that systematically and continuously search, scrape, extract, deep link insertion, index or disrupt the working of the resourrces.

E-journals, articles, e-books

Search for an e-journal
You can search the e-journal in the search engine BIBLIOSEARCH by entering the title or you can search it in the list of journals  on subscription by enetering even only some significant journal title's words. (N.B. Subscription paper periodicals are also included in the list)

Search for an article
You can search the article in the search engine BIBLIOSEARCH by entering the title or some significant article title's words. If the journal in which the article is published is on subscription you can view the article in full-text.
If you don't find the article, you can try to search the journal in which the article is published in the list of journals on subscription.  

Search for an e-book
You can search the e-book in the search engine BIBLIOSEARCH  by entering the title and/or author.

A collection of e-books published by Mcgraw-Hill and SAGE
16 new e-books published by McGraw-Hill and SAGE, included in the bibliographies of the exams courses of Politecnico di Milano, are now available. The  e-books are  accessible on the platform VitalSource Bookshelf for a period of 12 months, upon registration on the platform. The subscription will expire in January 2025. 
Once accredited, users can select Explore at the top left to see the subscribed collection. The platform is accessible from outside Politecnico di Milano via proxy.
Offline reading is possible by installing the Bookshelf app on your device and creating a personal account. Printing is allowed up to a maximum of 10% for each volume. The read aloud function is also available.

To make the download/digital lending of e-books provided by EBSCOHost and Proquest EBOOK central please follow these procedures:

EBSCO eBooks - Tutorial

Proquest EBOOK central


You can view the list of online databases on subscription, choose the database that interests you and search in the single database.

Quick links to: Scopus and Web of Science

Some databases for technical reasons cannot be searched via BIBLIOSEARCH, but only using the native interface. For research in a specific disciplinary field, it is recommended to directly use one of the reference databases.


Encyclopaedias and dictionaries

You can view the list of encyclopaedias or dictionaries on subscription, choose the tool that interests you and search in the single encyclopaedia or divtionary.

Technical standards

You can search the technical standards these specific databases on subscription:

  • UNI
    The UNI standards platform (Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione) includes the complete collection of UNI standards consisting of the integral texts of:
    - National UNI standards (UNI)
    - transposition of European standards CEN (European Committee for Standardization) (UNI EN)
    - adoption of international standards ISO (International Organization for Standardization) (UNI ISO)
    - editions withdrawn and / or replaced.

    The users admitted to the consultation are: professors, researchers, temporary research fellows, PhD students, students and the technical-administrative staff of the Politecnico di Milano.

    To access the UNI Standards consultation, you must be registered as an institutional user.
    A maximum of 20 simultaneous accesses are allowed.

    Click here to request access and read the terms of use

    Click here if you have already registered and you have got ID and Password
  • BSOL (British Standards Online)
    Through this platform you will find the following techical standards:
    EN published by CEN and CENELEC, transposed by BSI
    ISO transposed by BSI
    - native BSI
    Remember that about the 80% of the UNI active standards are available as EN or ISO, and only the 6% of the standards yearly published are only UNI, without an equivalence EN or ISO.
  • ASTM Compass
    Through this platform you will find the ASTM standards.

The 3 platforms can be accessed from outside the Politecnico network via proxy. The use of the standards is for study and research purposes only. Only institutional use of standards is allowed, you cannot transfer them to unauthorized third parties.