Q. How does access to electronic resources (e.g. databases) differ on-campus from off-campus?
When users are on campus, links in OneSearch, the databases page etc. send them to EZproxy. But EZproxy checks the IP address to see if they are on campus. If EZproxy determines that the user is on campus, it sends them on to the resource directly. We register our IP ranges with e-resource vendors, so the vendors recognize users as coming from an authorized college.
When users are off campus, EZproxy sends them to the Single-Sign-on (SSO) page. They then need to log in. Only active users are allowed in. EZproxy rewrites the url, so you'll see ezproxy.losrios.edu there.
What does this mean?
- When you are on campus, you will normally see URLs without the proxy. If you send these URLs to students, post them in a Libguide, etc., and the students try them from off campus, the links won't work.
- On-campus users can get to resources whether or not they are active students, so long as they are using a computer connected to the college network (wired or wi-fi).
- If access differs from college to college, on-campus users will have access to the resources of the college where they are located, unless they force the proxy to be active.
Note that OneSearch (Primo) never has the proxy in its URL.