January 4, 2007
Accessing from Off-Campus: PubMed, Journals and other Library Resources
There are two ways to access Library resources from off-campus. For both of these, you will need to know your UIUC NetID and password. Your NetID is usually the username that precedes your @uiuc.edu email address; your password is usually NOT the same as your email password!
Pros and Cons:
Use Library-provided URLs to access journals and indexes.
Use VPN to provide your off-campus computer with a virtual UIUC IP address.
In order to access e-journals and library databases from off-campus, use the links provided from the UIUC Library’s Online Research Resources (ORR) site, http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/.
All the resources in the ORR have been registered in a database. When you click on these links from off campus, you’ll be routed through a campus server that will prompt you to provide your NetID and password, thus authenticating yourself as a legitimate UIUC affiliate. Usually you’ll just have to authenticate yourself once per browser session in order to access any library resource.
It is particularly important that you use the proper UIUC-specific URL to access PubMed we have created a UIUC-specific PubMed URL that will let you see the e-journals for which UIUC specifically has access. Whether you're on campus or not, this URL will also allow you to see the articles that have been recommended as ‘must reads’ in the Faculty of 1000 database and to see the "Discover" links, which provide you with another avenue for getting to full text and interlibrary loan forms. If you've used the UIUC-PubMed URL from off-campus, you'll be able to click on the links for e-journals that are found within PubMed and gain access to the full text of all the journal articles for which we hold subscriptions.
The standard PubMed URL, which is freely available to the whole wide world, is: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/
But to be recognized as a UIUC user, and thus to be able to access from within PubMed the UIUC e-journals from off-campus, you should use this URL instead: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=406312
When you click on the PubMed link from off-campus, you'll be prompted to provide your NetID and password. After you do this, you'll find that you're at the UIUC-specific site for PubMed:
As long as you keep the browser session running, you will remain authenticated as a UIUC affiliate and should be able to click on links for e-journals that are found within PubMed or elsewhere and gain access to the full text of all the journal articles for which we hold subscriptions.
Similarly, if you want to access Biological Abstracts, Web of Science, EmBase, CAB Abstracts, Faculty of 1000, etc., from off-campus: start with the link found in the Library's ORR!
Use CITES' Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to establish a connection to the University, and to authenticate yourself as a UIUC affiliate. When you use VPN to access resources from off-campus, it's as if your computer were physically located on campus! However, in order to use this method, you must be able to install a small program on the computer you are using to access UIUC resources from off-campus. Read more about VPN at http://www.cites.uiuc.edu/vpn/.
Download and install the proper VPN program for your computer from CITES.
Download and install the Library profile. (There is just the one library profile file for all computer types.)
Using the VPN program is simple (You'll do this every day):
- Close any browser sessions that may be open on your home computer.
- Start up the VPN program.
- Double-click on Library Profile (you will also see another profile available, "off-campus"; don't use that one!)
- A pop-up screen will appear; login using your NetID and Password.
- Now you may open your browser (Firefox, Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.)
After you've logged in via VPN, you should be able to go about your business as if you were located on campus as your computer will perform as if it were coming accessing the internet from the UIUC IP range. That is, you can go directly to the publisher's web sites, etc.
Caveat: there are a FEW resources for which the VPN mode of access won't work, usually due to restrictions placed by publishers. In MOST of those cases, you'll be able to get in via the link in the Online Research Resources directory.
Posted by Katie Newman at January 4, 2007 3:29 PM