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Remote Access to Electronic Resources

Access to certain electronic resources and Web sites is restricted to the USC community (currently enrolled students, faculty and staff) due to licensing/copyright agreements with vendors and publishers. This page describes various methods to access restricted content.


Off-campus

Proxy Server
The library's Web site provides seamless access to electronic resources. When you click a link to a database, article, e-book or e-journal from the Web site, you will be prompted to log in to the proxy server with your USC ID (the first part of your USC e-mail address) and password. After logging in, you will be directed automatically to the desired resource.

If you want to log in to the proxy server first, go to this page. Once you are logged in, you will have access to e-resources while your browser session is open. If you start using a different browser or after 90 minutes of inactivity, you will have to log in again.

Your browser must be configured to accept cookies in order to authenticate properly to the USC proxy server. See this page for instructions. If you are having problems, see these troubleshooting tips.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) Software
An alternative method to accessing e-resources remotely is VPN. VPN, also called IP tunneling, is a secure method of accessing USC computer resources. The VPN encrypts all traffic to and from a host in order to prevent others from viewing the information.

Effective July 1st 2011, users accessing USC Libraries e-resources remotely using the USC VPN connection will be prompted to sign in through Shibboleth using a USC username and password.

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client is available only to members of the USC community with a USC login. For more information, please visit http://www.usc.edu/its/vpn/.


On-campus

Wired Connections
If you are using a computer on campus that is wired to the main USC network, such as library and user lab workstations, you will be connected automatically to library e-resources; no log-in is required. Campus machines are granted automatic access to library e-resources because they have a USC IP address. If you live in a residence hall, you can access library electronic resources through ResNet, but you must first register your Ethernet card with the USC network at: http://www.usc.edu/its/resnet/support.html. If you live in USC Housing, to get help with your Resnet connection, contact Housing Maintenance at 213-740-4646.

Wireless Connections
Wireless devices that are connected to the USC wireless network must authenticate by logging in to the proxy server. For more information about registering your device and connecting to the wireless network, please see the wireless FAQ page.