Why is there a special process for accessing library resources off-campus?
Most of the library’s subscription resources are restricted to users currently affiliated with Beloit college by publisher and vendor license agreements. This means that on-campus students, faculty, and staff are granted access to these resources via IP address verification. Off-Campus users must prove that they are affiliated with the college by logging into a proxy server called EZproxy. This log-in process is known as “authentication.”
How does authentication work?
All of the library’s licensed online resources have been configured to prompt off-campus users for EZproxy authentication. This process is triggered by a snippet of proxy server information that has been added to the beginning of resource URLs. When you attempt to access such a resource from off-campus, you will be taken to an EZproxy authentication screen that looks like the screenshot to the right:
To access the resource, enter your Beloit College username and password and click “login.” You will then be directed to your resource.
Once you are authenticated, your EZproxy session will continue until you close your browser. You will not need to re-authenticate to access other licensed resources in the same browser session. On-campus users will never be asked to authenticate via EZproxy.
I accessed a resource through the library, but the EZproxy log-in screen did not show up, what should I do?
In your browser’s address bar, check for ezproxy.beloit.edu somewhere within the URL. If it is not present, insert the following in front of the URL:
You should then be allowed to authenticate and access the the resource. If this process does not work, or if ezproxy.beloit.edu was already presnt in the URL, please contact library staff.
When I attempted to access a licensed resource from off-campus, an error message appeared. What should I do?
Please contact the library staff by sending an email to Libref@beloit.edu. If possible, please include a screenshot of the error screen as well as the name of the resource and information about how you tried to access the information (for example, through Moodle or the library catalog). We will look into the problem and work to provide access to the resource.