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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. You can still get the direct link URLs if you wish:

1) After you click the Article Linker button in PubMed and you are looking at a framed window with content on the left and citation info on the right, scroll down in your browser, and find the larger Article Linker button at the bottom right of the citation frame window.

screenshot: Health Sciences Article Linker button

2) Click the larger Article Linker button. It will open a new tab on a page that looks like this:

3) Click the blue link (or choose from a selection of blue links) for a direct link to the article. After you have the article, view the URL in your browser's location window. This is what can be used to either add or subtract proxy, or as a good URL for bibliographies or CVs. 



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, the diagram below separates the proxy prefix from the resource URL

EZProxy Prefix and Resource URL

The proxy phrase must be present in the link in order for access to work from off campus through Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Sciences Library licensing.

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*:

*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.

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.