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Linking to Licensed Online Resources: How Off Campus Access Works

Instructions for students and faculty on how to create URLs to library-licensed content that will work from off campus, as well as on campus.

Who Gets Off Campus Access to Journals & Databases?


To access online Health Sciences Library resources from off campus, you must be a primary user of the Health Sciences Library. You'll be asked to log in at the point of accessing the licensed resource (for example, when clicking on a database link on the library website).

  Student, staff, or regular faculty? Use your PassportID to log in. You only have to log in once per browser session.

Users such as faculty paid by affiliate and volunteer clinical faculty (VCF program) will need to manually register with the library to receive a library login. Manual library registrations may expire yearly and can be renewed by calling us. Approved users will receive special credentials for access.

If you have questions about your library registration call our Service Desk, at 303-724-2152. 

How Off Campus Access Works

Health Sciences Library uses a system called EZProxy to allow you to access licensed online content from off campus. When you click links from our website, Journal Search or one of the other sources we control, you'll notice a proxy prefix on the URL as in this illustration from our link to Web of Science:

Note about Article Linker  
Direct-link URLs (for proxy purposes or otherwise) may be obscured when you are using Article Linker to find licensed online content via PubMed or some other database source.

Getting the Proxied URL
You can still get the direct link proxied URLs for articles and databases if you wish. It is easier to do from off campus.

1) When using Pubmed or most other databases offered by the library, click the brown and gold Article Linker button to determine if the library has access to the content you're interested in.

screenshot: Health Sciences Article Linker button

2) When the library has access it will open a new tab on a page that looks like this with a blue link or links to the content:

3) The links are direct links to the article in most cases. Select one. If you are off campus, the library's Ezproxy login page will come up. Go to your browser's location window, highlight the URL string and you have the URL for the article with proxy prefix included.

screenshot: proxy login page with proxy URL in browser location window

4) If you have more URLs to do, close your browser and reopen it. This will start a new browser session and you'll have to log in again to get to a licensed resource. Unfortunately this process is the best way to ensure you get workable proxied URLs, other than just just using the off campus link creator.

You can also just make a little note to manually put the proxy prefix of front of any resource URLs you wish to send to others or make available in a course page*.

*The Ovid publisher is an exception:
For Ovid, use the feature within Ovid at the right side of their pages called Email Jumpstart in order to get permalinks to Ovid citations and full text.


If you're ON CAMPUS, after you click one of our links, the link format required for proxy will disappear after you click it! Off campus, a proxy prefix is needed for the link to provide authentication. Thus the off campus link creator.

For your reference, here are the two pieces of the off campus link:
Proxy prefix:
Resource URL:
Full proxied URL:

Our proxy server will look to see where you are coming from. If you have an on-campus IP address, you will be forwarded to the resource directly (and the proxy phrase will disappear from your URL!). If you have an off-campus IP address, the proxy server asks you to log in via a web page that looks like the screenshot below:

  • If you're ON CAMPUS, after you click one of our links,  the link format required for proxy will disappear.
    We provide the off campus link creator in this Resource Guide for those that need to create links for example, in web pages or emails.

    Instead of the link creator you also can just copy this text and use it as a prefix to your resource links*:

Library Liaison to SODM

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Jeff Kuntzman
Email is the best way to get hold of me, or call: 303-724-2126.