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Accessing Licensed Electronic Resources: Off-Campus and On
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- How do I access licensed resources?
- How does access via the proxy server/MIT's Touchstone work?
- Can all resources can be accessed from off-campus?
- Can MIT alumni or non-MIT users access these resources?
- What is the "proxy string" for enabling outside software programs to work with our licensed ejournals from off-campus (such as "Papers" for the Mac and iPhone)?
- What should I do if I am having technical difficulties?
1. How do I access licensed resources?
Access to all our licensed resources is either by MIT IP address or via the MIT Libraries' proxy server/MIT's Touchstone.
If you are on-campus with an MIT IP address, you can often go directly to the resource and get right in since the publisher will recognize your IP address (with certain exceptions that are indicated in the Vera record for the item).
If you are off-campus with a non-MIT IP address you must follow a path that either routes you through our proxy server, or simulates an MIT IP address. To get access off-campus:
2. How does access via the proxy server/MIT's Touchstone work?
Using one of the paths above will route you through our proxy server which will bring you to MIT's Touchstone, where you can either invoke your MIT web certificates or use your Kerberos login to get access.
3. Can all resources can be accessed from off-campus?
Most resources can be accessed off-campus - any on-campus-only restrictions will be noted in the Vera record for the item.
4. Can MIT alumni or non-MIT users access these resources?
Only current members of the MIT community may access these resources from off-campus. Vendors from whom we purchase these resources impose license restrictions that prevent us from offering off-campus access to anyone outside the immediate MIT community.
Alumni and non-MIT users may come to campus and access many of these resources from our public computers.
5. What is the "proxy string" for enabling outside software programs to work with our licensed ejournals from off-campus (such as "Papers" for the Mac and iPhone)?
We don't officially provide support for Papers and other such programs, but we can tell you the proxy string that these programs ask for in their settings. Adding this will allow these programs to access our licensed resources from off-campus via our proxy server.
proxy string: http://libproxy.mit.edu/login?url=
proxy string as required by "Papers": http://libproxy.mit.edu/login?url=%@
6. What should I do if I am having technical difficulties?
See Trouble-Shooting Problems: Accessing Licensed Electronic Resources or Ask Us! for help.
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