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Off Campus Access to eResources: FAQs

Remote Access to electronic resources and full text of articles

Intro

On Campus:  Our online resources are available to all library users on campus, including visitors.  When off campus, only resources labeled Open Access (free) are available to everyone.    

Off campus:  Use of paid resources is available only to Life West students and faculty, and requires a login.  
TIP   After logging in at the proxy server, be sure to keep the initial window open to avoid having to login in again.  You can then open other resources in a new tab, such as online databases, journals, ebooks, and multimedia resources.

Please explore the tabs for examples, training and more tips.

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FAQs

How can I get a login for off campus access?

Student logins to EZProxy are created by the library.  Personal credentials are given in the orientation packet, and a reminder of the configuration  appears on the EZProxy login screen.  

Username:  flastname    (first initial, lastname - all lower case)
Password:   5-digit student ID number

Faculty logins are routinely set to a unique but easily remembered configuration.  Please contact a librarian for this information.  Faculty can also request a specific password, but must share it with the librarian.  

Username:  flastname    (first initial, lastname - all lower case)
Password:   contact a librarian
 

What is EZProxy?

EZProxy service authorizes students and faculty to use e-resources from off campus. When using a subscribed resource off campus, a login screen automatically appears.  After login, it acts as an intermediary IP address which is recognized by publishers. Almost all publishers use IP authentication rather than passwords to recognize a library's authorized users. 

 

How do I get to the login screen when off campus?   

You must use the appropriate customized link given in these guides.  When you open a specific database, journal article, or other resource when off campus, obviously any open-access (free) resources will not require login. If the resource is available only by subscription, the EZProxy login screen appears automatically. Caution:  If you have independently navigated to the publisher's site, bypassing our customized links, you will probably encounter a "Please login" or "Pay per View" screen.     Using our customized links  and successfully logging in at EZProxy authorizes you to view materials just as if you were on campus  

 

Please Email Us

The staff acknowledges your request within 24 hours.

Interlibrary loan request -  ill@lifewest.edu

Reference Assistance, Off-Campus Access and Questions - bdelligatti@lifewest.edu