Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Searching systematically: Resources

How to search systematically, from developing a good research question to managing your search results

OpenAthens account - your passport to a world of knowledge

Login to Athens here.

To access HSELibrary e-resources you need an 'Athens' account*.

OpenAthens is a one-stop shop to the wide range of electronic resources provided by the National Health Library & Knowledge Service. These include electronic books, bibliographic databases, electronic journals and point-of-care tools.

If you don't have an account, you can Apply for an Athens account online.

You will need:

  1. A valid email address - if you use a personal email account, your Athens Account will need to be authorized
  2. Your HSE employee number
  3. When registering you will need to choose your geographic area and the hospital or service where you work

Using your Athens username and password, you can then access online resources listed on our homepage, or in our resources guide.

*Access to some resources may not require an Athens account if accessing from a HSE site. However we strongly encourage you to apply for an Athens Account to assure access.

National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: