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. When you're off-campus, you won't have access to our subscribed resources. If you have trouble accessing an electronic resource, here are some solutions to try:
- 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 (LIKELY GOING AWAY AFTER SPRING 2023)
- The University's primary VPN software, GlobalProtect, will NOT work for accessing most library resources. Our older SonicWall VPN software does. 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.
- Watch a short demo on using SonicWall VPN
- If you're on a publisher's website, check to see if they support OpenAthens authentication. If so, select "Princeton University Library", and it should prompt you to login with your netID and password and then give you access to subscription resources. See more details and examples.
- For easier access (often in one click) to journal articles, install the LibKey Nomad browser extension.