Off-campus access to electronic resources
We subscribe to many journals, websites, and other databases (think JSTOR), but most of these resources are currently set up to recognize Princeton users by IP address. Since nearly all of you are remote, while doing your research you may often end up on sites that have a paywall or otherwise look like we don't have access, when we in fact do. There are 3 primary ways to avoid this:
- Connect to resources through links on the Library website.
- Ebooks, databases, journal articles, etc., that are linked to from library.princeton.edu have some code embedded in the links that will prompt you to authenticate with your netID and password and then pass you through a proxy server to the resource. (If you're curious, those links will generally look something like this: https://library.princeton.edu/resolve/lookup?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/.
- Use the Zotero connector browser extension to remember proxy links
- Using this method, you connect through the library the first time you access a resource, and then the extension remembers the proxy link and routes you directly in the future. (Note: there are a handful of resources that don't work via proxy links, so in those cases, use method #3.)
- After installing Zotero, in your browser click on the Zotero Connector extension and then Options/Preferences>Proxies, and replace %h.example.com/%p with %h.ezproxy.princeton.edu/%p (be sure to leave the %h. and /%p on either end). Then visit a subscribed resource from the library website and Zotero will automatically add the proxy link. See a short video demo.
- Use the SonicWall VPN to connect to resources
- The University's primary VPN software, GlobalProtect, will NOT work for accessing most library resources. Our older SonicWall VPN software does, though. It will make your internet browser look like it's on campus, allowing you to access most of our subscribed resources directly, without having to link through the library's website. You will need to use the VPN to download senior theses.
- Note: over the past few months, SonicWall has been finicky, and you may have trouble getting--or staying--connected, so you might want to rely on method #2 above most of the time.
- Watch a short demo on using SonicWall VPN