Proxy Server For E-Resources
Why do we need a proxy server?Most of our database vendors only allow access if your machine's Internet (IP) address is recognized as belonging to the UIUC campus. The proxy server allows people who are off campus to access these restricted databases.
How does proxy server work?Your web browser communicates with the proxy server in the library, which communicates with the database's web site for you, and makes it appear that you are on campus.
How do I use it?As a patron, you don't have to do anything special to make this work. When you click on a link from our web pages (and the link must be properly written), our web server decides whether you need the proxy server. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your University NetID and Active Directory password. Once that's verified, you'll get a link to begin using the database through the proxy server. Your connection will stay authorized until either you close your web browser, or don't communicate with the proxy server for one hour.
What if I don't know my NetID or Active Directory password?Visit CITES Account Services for assistance.
Why don't my bookmarks to "http://proxy.library.illinois.edu/..." work?URLs are automatically generated by the proxy server and they are variable. If you make a bookmark, and later reuse it, you may get an error, or be taken to the wrong server. Don't create bookmarks if the browser shows a URL beginning with "http://proxy.library.illinois.edu".
When using Google Scholar you must set your preferences.On the Google Scholar page there is a link to Scholar Preferences. This is where you would indicate that you are able to get full access via the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. By setting the preferences you will be connected to the articles by the UIUC proxy software.
What if my network has its own HTTP proxy server?Ours should still work with it. Unlike a standard HTTP proxy server, the Library proxy presents web pages that appear to come from normal web server. It does this by searching the content of the pages it retrieves on your behalf, and rewriting the URLs so they refer back to itself instead of the remote servers it proxies. Therefore, you should not change your web browser's proxy settings to use our service.