Q. What is EZproxy?

 

Answer

EZproxy is the software that Mines uses to provide remote access to the library's databases and resources that are restricted to Mines faculty, students, and staff. The EZproxy system detects when you are accessing the Mines Library website from outside the Mines network, and you are prompted automatically to login with your Multi-Pass credentials.

EZproxy works by including a prefix in front of the resource URL. We have added this prefix to our databases, ejournals and ebooks links on the Mines Library website. Here is our special prefix:

https://mines.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

URLs with the EZproxy prefix work both on and off site and connect Mines network users through the Mines EZProxy server. Links to licensed library resources need to pass through the Mines EZproxy server in order to show the resource providers that users are coming from a Mines internet address. The server is configured with a list of our subscribed e-resources.

Example:


Links to free websites or open access resources that are not restricted to Mines users, such as arXiv, do not need to go through EZproxy. You will see these resources listed with an open access symbol Open Access.
 

You don't have to do anything except click on the link to one of our online resources (online article, online book, etc.) from inside the Mines website, and EZproxy kicks in automatically by showing you a login screen when you are off-site. You only have to log in once as long as you keep your browser open and you access resources via the Mines website, catalog, or subscribed databases. However, if you close your browser and open it again, you will have to log in again.

You can also configure some citation managers and web browsers to store your EZproxy prefix, which will automatically authenticate you to the resource when it is available.

If you have other questions about EZproxy, or if you are experiencing problems accessing our electronic resources, please contact us.

  • Last Updated Apr 30, 2020
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  • Answered By Anna Seiffert

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