Off Campus Access to Articles
Students, faculty, and staff affiliated with UND can access the library’s licensed databases from off campus. Start your research from the library home page; you will be prompted to log in with your UND account as soon as you request a licensed resource.
You can also use the UND proxy bookmarklet to switch from an off-campus address to an on-campus one.
How does this work?
The library databases have a list of “on campus” computer addresses. When they receive a visit from an on-campus computer, they recognize it and grant access to the articles they contain.
However, when you access a database from home, your computer’s address is not on the list. Therefore the database does not recognize you as an authorized user, and either denies access, or asks you to pay for the articles you find.
The solution is to use a proxy server. A proxy server is a computer which has an on campus address and relays your requests to the database you are trying to access. Because the proxy server has an on campus address, databases recognize it as an authorized visitor and give it access to the articles. Then the proxy server turns around and sends them back to you.
When the library site prompts you to log in to continue to a database, you are proving to the proxy server that you really are affiliated with UND so that it will retrieve articles on your behalf. The rest of the time you shouldn’t even notice the proxy server.
Occasionally, something goes wrong with the proxy server — for example, a broken link, or a misconfiguration. In this case, please contact Library Systems & Services at (701) 777-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, Central Time). Outside of regular office hours, contact the Reference Desk at (701) 777-4629.
Please note that if you make five failed login attempts in a row, the proxy server will block access from your computer for two hours. If this happens to you, you may either wait two hours for the lock to expire, or you can contact Library Systems (see previous paragraph).