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Look! Great New Access Options for Books24x7

by Ken Winter on 2017-12-08T10:00:00-05:00 in Information Technology, Management & Leadership, Learning & Education, Safety & Security, Business, Research | Comments

Screen capture of guide to access options for Books24x7
This new research guide explains exciting new access options for Books24x7, including from your home PC or your Smartphone.


Thanks to a nifty new Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication, VDOT employees who want to use the Books24x7 database can get in from VDOT's network with a single click.  That's right, no need for a user name and password because SSO remembers your VDOT login. 

 

If you've never used Books24x7 or want more details about how to get started, check out this Books24x7 Quick Start Guide before returning to this post to learn more. Or, simply follow these three steps: 

1. Make sure you are connected to the VDOT network, either "at the office" or remotely through VPN. 

2. Make sure you are using Internet Explorer, the browser that supports "single sign-on" authentication at VDOT.

3. Click this link: https://vdot.skillport.com/skillportfe/custom/login/saml/login.action?  Congrats, you now have an account!

 

Now that you have an account you can explore a variety of access options using our latest guide Books24x7 Access Options.

 

What exactly do we mean by "access options" you ask? 

 

Let's say you want to access Books24x7 from your personal PC at home. You can now do that by following these Home PC instructions.  Got a tablet?  Try these Tablet instructions!  Or maybe you're at your work computer, but prefer an alternate browser to IE?  Try these Alternate Browser instructions

 

Best of all, if you're interested in access from a Smartphone, we've now got you covered!  

 

Most of us use smartphones with screens 5.5 to 6 inches. Not a lot of real estate to work with, but if you install the free Skillsoft Learning App you can have unlimited access to nearly 80,000 books, videos, summaries and audio books from your VDOT-issued or your personal smartphone  — or both!  Trust me, it is fantastic for the new audio book content category just added to VDOT's collection.

 

Complete directions for finding, installing and using the App are available online, and this neat video tutorial shows you how it works. But we found the process so easy directions aren't really necessary. 


First try these steps:

Step 1: Select the correct icon below (Google Play for Android, Apple for iOS) to download the App onto your phone.  


Step 2: Follow the screen prompts to install the App. 

Step 3: Configure the App to work from VDOT's site address, which is: https://vdot.skillsoft.com

Step 4: Enter your current VDOT network Username (Lastname.Firstname) and your Password.

Step 5: If you see a screen like this you're in!  

Image of Books24x7 on a smartphone

 

To learn more about Skillsoft Books24x7 or to get help from Skillsoft customer support (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), go to Skillsoft Customer Support. Support options include: E-mail: support@skillsoft.com, phone: 866-754-5435 submit a case online, and Live Chat

 

As always, we're always just a call or a click away if you have questions. 

 

Ken Winter, MLIS
VDOT Research Library
530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville  VA  22903
Ph: 
434-962-8979 | E-mail: Ken.Winter@VDOT.virginia.gov
Web Site: http://library.virginiadot.org/home


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