How does off-campus access work?
The library uses as authentication system called EZProxy that uses your NSID and password to identify you as a current student, staff, or faculty member. Once you have logged in to your library account on this website you will have access to licensed electronic resources through EZProxy.
When you search using the library website (catalogue, USearch, and e-journals search) or connect from on-campus you are automatically routed through the proxy and will be prompted to log in to access full-text versions of your search results. This is the easiest way to gain full access to all licensed electronic resources.
Connecting from on campus, whether using a campus computer or your own laptop on the UofS wireless network, does not require you to authenticate to get access to electronic resources. Members of the public and alumni can access most licensed resources for occasional, non-commercial research and educational purposes while on-campus. Learn more about public access computers in the library.
If you want to begin your search from a scholarly journal website, database, or Google Scholar you can still get full-text access but you need to make sure you are connecting through EZProxy. There are several ways you can do this.
To connect to any website through the U of S proxy, install the U of S proxy bookmarklet in your browser for quick access.
For most browsers, click, drag and drop the install button to your bookmarks bar.
That's it! Now, when you hit a paywall while researching online simply click on the U of S Proxy link in your bookmarks bar and the page will automatically reload to give you access to the full-text version if the library subscribes to it. You will be prompted to login with your NSID and password if you are not already logged in to the library website.
Using Google Scholar
Google Scholar has a built-in tool that allows you to access full-text search results through the U of S proxy. To enable this tool in Google Scholar follow these steps:
- From Google Scholar, click on the in the top left corner of the screen and select Settings then Library Links
- In the search box on the Library Links page search for 'University of Saskatchewan'
- Make sure all University of Saskatchewan checkboxes are selected then Save
When you search Google Scholar, if the library has access, you will now see Fulltext@UofSLibrary on the right side of your list of search results. This link will take you to the full text version via your U of S library account. These preferences will be saved for all future searches on that computer.
Using the U of S Proxy in URLs
An alternative option to using the proxy bookmarklet is manually inserting the U of S proxy string .cyber.usask.ca into the URL of the webpage you want to access.
Add the proxy string immediately after the .com portion of the URL.
Paywalled article URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0099133312001231
Note: The proxy will only work for current U of S faculty, staff, and students who are logged in to their library account. When using a proxied URL, you will be prompted to enter your NSID and password if you are not already logged in.
Direct Persistent Links
When sharing a link to an electronic resource, creating a reading list, or generating a works cited list you will want to use a link that will work both on and off-campus.
Check out our library guide with directions on creating, editing, and using direct, persistent links to electronic resources in your documents, course information, emails, and websites.
Remote Access to Software
Campus ICT Services provides access to some software applications when off-campus and on your personal devices. This means that you don't always have to go to a campus computer lab to use the software or applications you need.
Log in to the U of S Virtual Computer Lab for access: vlab.usask.ca
VLAB provides access to many statistics and data modelling applications including ArcGIS, MATLAB, NVIVO, SPSS, R, and more. See the complete list on the ICT website.