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Off-Campus Access with EZProxy

EZProxy is a system that allows users at off-campus locations to access all the same resources available on campus. Liberty is required by database publishers to confirm that the users are current faculty, staff or students of the university (see alumni access).

Logging into EZProxy

Log-in to EZproxy

  • If EZproxy asks you to login, use your Liberty username and password.
  • After logging in, the address bar will include "ezproxy"
    Example: http://www.liberty.edu.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/index.cfm?PID=178
  • When you click on a “proxied” link off-campus, you will be redirected to an EZProxy login page.

For assistance, contact the Customer Support Help Desk or the Liberty University Online Librarian.


Login Problems

Military, Government, or Company Networks

If you get your Internet access through a network at a company, government or military base site, a firewall may restrict access to applications such as EZproxy. Only your network administrator can remedy that local issue. Verify with your Internet service provider or your network administrator that port 2048 is open. Explain that this port is necessary for remote access to licensed databases.

Liberty Staff Members

If you are a Liberty University staff member connected through VPN (Virtual Private Network) you will need to disconnect your VPN connection and then log in to EZProxy to access library subscription databases.


Searching

If a database asks you to pay for an article or to login to their database, you are probably are not properly logged in to EZProxy.
If you are logged in, the address bar will include "ezproxy" Example: liberty.edu.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/index.cfm?PID=178

Summon

Unlike most of our databases, which will not allow you to search without logging into EZProxy, Summon waits until you try to open a resource before requiring you to login. Off-campus students clicking on a saved Summon link will go to a page listing all of the databases containing that article.
Note: You cannot “bookmark” a link when you are logged into EZProxy and go back to it later without logging in. You must go through a database and login to EZProxy each time.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides access to scholarly works by showing citations for resources, and direct access to available journal articles. Set your scholar preferences to "Liberty University" to show which articles are in our subscription databases (you may have to set these preferences for each browsing session). This will bring up the “Get it @ Liberty” links that take you to our subscription databases.

Articles links in Emails

Many of our databases allow you to email a link to a direct article. But without the link containing “proxying” information, the database will not display the article. See How to Create Persistent Links for information on creating and receiving these links.


Citations

DOIs

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier and it is a unique identifier for a particular article. These DOI’s are a string of numbers and letters (eg. doi:10.1093/jcs/csp040) that refer to the journal and particular article within that journal. If an article has a DOI, you should include it in your APA citations.


Browsers

Generally, we recommend using the Firefox browser, you can download Firefox for free. If you are having problems viewing a page, try it in another browser.

Internet Explorer

Cookies must be enabled before EZproxy (or Summon) will work with Internet Explorer 5.5 and above. If you want to continue using Internet Explorer, you will need to enable "cookies". Cookies are small files stored on your computer by websites so that they can track where you are on the website, whether you have certain rights, etc.

Setting cookies for Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on the tools menu and select Internet Options
  2. Click on the Privacy tab
  3. Pull the slider down all the way so that the setting is "Accept all cookies".
    Once you can access Library resources, you can experiment with higher privacy settings to see which ones will still allow access. (The default Privacy setting in Internet Explorer prevents access to Library resources.)
  4. In the Privacy tab, make sure that "Block popups" is not checked.
    Some databases will not work if popups are blocked.
  5. Click Apply
  6. Click OK
  7. Close your browser, then reopen it to ensure that the new settings are applied.