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Proxy Services: Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Why are proxy services needed?

Most of the UMass Dartmouth Library's e-resources, that are accessible via the Internet, are restricted by licensing to UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff. This restriction is accomplished by limiting access to IP addresses that fall within the UMass Dartmouth IP Domain (134.88.*.* or umassd.edu). As a result, access is normally unavailable to anyone located "off-campus" (or outside the UMass Dartmouth Domain of IP addresses). The UMass Dartmouth Library Proxy Services allows you to access these resources from off-campus.

  • What are the Proxy Services?

The proxy services consist of a proxy server and software that serves as an intermediary between you and the campus network. When you access the Library's E-Resources from a remote location off-campus the proxy service identifies your computer's IP address as being out of the UMD Domain. The service provides a web page for you to enter your University e-mail username and password (otherwise known as your UMassD Login ID). This account information is then checked against the University databases and, if valid, it "authenticates" you and authorizes your access to the resources. The service, from that point forward, serves as a "proxy" between your computer and the e-resources and forwards all your requests for resources.

  • How do I get a UMassD Login ID account to use for authentication purposes?

If you do not know your UMD E-Mail (or UMassD Login ID) username and password, please contact CITS Access Management at (508) 999-8528 or 999-8532. Please have your UMass Pass card or student ID number ready.

  • How does this affect my use of the Library's e-resources?

Once you attempted to access a particular resource and have been authenticated you will continue to make use of it as you would have on campus. However, the URL for the e-resource will be the URL of the proxy server and not of the e-resource itself. Therefore, if you wish to use your browser software to bookmark or make a favorite, it is recommended that you use the Articles & Database page or the Journal Locator site itself.

On campus, you will continue to use the E-Resources as always without having to go through the authentication process.

  • Do I need to configure my browser software or computer in any way?

Your browser must be set to accept "cookies" (this is usually a browser's default setting). The proxy service uses "cookies" to exchange and store authentication information.

If cookies are turned off you will either receive an error message or you may be required to re-authenticate each time you send an e-resource a request. It is also possible that particular databases and e-resources might also use cookies and thus be required for their use.

  • Do I have to authenticate myself every time I want to access e-resources?

You have to authenticate yourself each time you first attempt to connect to any of the resources. Upon authentication your session will last for approximately two (2) hours and then you will be asked to re-authenticate. You would also be asked to re-authenticate if you exit your browser or shutdown your computer at anytime.

Source: library.umassd.edu

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