Off-campus access to electronic journals, e-books and databases


The Digital Library itself and the Wageningen Catalogue are freely available on the Internet and can be used by anyone.

However, many bibliographic databases and full text books and journals that are referred to in the Digital Library are licensed for use by Wageningen UR students and staff only. Where possible, this is indicated either with a padlock icon or with text.

These information sources are always accessible from any personal computer within the Wageningen UR network.

If you are a staff member or a student of Wageningen University and Research Center, you can also access them from any computer connected to the Internet, if you are logged in to My Library as a Wageningen UR user.

When logged in, you can only access the resources through the proxied links provided in the Digital Library pages or the Wageningen Catalogue.

Below we will explain what exactly happens when you log in to My Library from outside Wageningen UR. We will also give solutions to some possible problems with off-campus access

What happens when you log in to My Library?

When you log in to My Library from outside the Wageningen UR network, you are simultaneously (under water) logged in to our EzProxy server. This means that all links to licensed resources in the Digital Library website will be proxied.

Example: the link to http://www.scopus.com/ on the home page will automatically change to http://www.scopus.com.ezproxy.library.wur.nl/

You can check this in the address bar of your browser

Not logged in (you will get a marketing page from Scopus):  example
Logged in (you will go directly to basic search):  example

However, this login will only work when you are a student or employee of Wageningen UR and you are using a valid WUR e-mail address for your My Library account.

guest user

Other users are considered guest users. As a guest user you can use the personalised services in My Library (such as renewing your loans), but you do not have off-campus access to licensed resources.

If you are logged in as a guest user, this will be shown in the upper right corner of the screen:

Only proxied links will give off-campus access

To have off-campus access, two conditions must be met:

  1. You must be logged in as a Wageningen UR user with a valid WUR e-mail address
  2. You must use a proxied link. This means you must access the source (e.g. Scopus) through the link in the Digital Library website. You can also use a link from your favorites or bookmarks, as long as you bookmarked it while it was proxied.

Tip: Use My Resources in My Library to collect the sources that you frequently use.

Troubleshooting

If you can't access a licensed resource from outside the Wageningen UR network, and you are a Wageningen UR employee or student, this may have several causes:

external user

You are not logged in to My Library

In this case you are considered an external user. This will be shown in the upper right corner of the screen.

Solution: log in to My Library. If you don't have an account, register first with your WUR e-mail address


guest user

You are logged in to My Library but not to EzProxy

You are considered a guest user, even though you have a WUR e-mail address. This will be shown in the upper right corner of the screen.

This may happen if you have closed your browser and opened it again, or if you have opened a new instance of your browser.

Solution: log out, refresh or reload the page and log in again.

You are not using a proxied link

1) The links in the Digital Library are not properly proxied

Solution: refresh the page of the Digital Library you are on, and then try again.

2) You are using a link from your Favorites or directly typing in a URL in the address bar of your browser.

Solutions:

  1. Navigate to the source you want to use in the Digital Library website and use the proxied link
  2. Add .ezproxy.library.wur.nl to the domain name. E.g. type http://www.scopus.com. ezproxy.library.wur.nl/ in stead of http://www.scopus.com/ . This will only work in the same browser instance, but you can open a new tab for it.

Still having problems?

If, after having done this, you still have trouble accessing a licensed recource, please contact the Service Desk.

mail icon Wageningen Digital Library, 24 May 2011