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Off-Campus Access to Databases Simplified

May 25th, 2009 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases

Beginning June 1, the task of logging onto the databases offered by the Ethel K. Smith Library will have been made easier in three ways.

  • It is no longer necessary to know whether to choose the "on campus" or "off campus" link. The proxy server that goes out to the databases now knows the difference.
  • Most of the residence halls are now treated as "on campus" by the proxy server. This means that from most of the dorms and apartments, it is no longer necessary for students to log-in with their campus network username and password. Exceptions to this would be apartments that use DSL for their Internet access, such as UPA.
  • Access to the databases has been extended. In the past, there were a number of instances where the ports that the proxy server used were being blocked, either by a residential router or by a commercial firewall. In most instances, the proxy server will not use the standard HTTP port 80, which routers and firewalls typically allow. The exception would be access to ebooks from the online catalog.

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