In order to use our many research databases from off campus, you will need to use either the proxy server or the Virtual Private Network (VPN). You can access the UCSB Library and Next Generation Melvyl catalogs without any special sign ins. There are also a few databases you can access for free. Please check our page on Free Publicly-Accessible Databases to find what is available.
The proxy server and VPN are available only to UCSB faculty, staff, and students. You must have a UCSBnetID and password to sign in to either the proxy server or the VPN.
Why Use the Proxy Server or the VPN?
Our databases are licensed by the library from vendors who supply access to electronic resources licensed by the UCSB Library. We have contracts with these companies that limit off-campus access to UCSB faculty, staff, and students.
If you want to access our databases when you are off campus, you must first sign in to either the proxy server or the VPN.
Which Should I Use?
It is up to you. If one method does not work for you, try the other. We have found that most people prefer the proxy server and find it easier to use.
- About the proxy server
- Requires only a web browser, UCSBnetID, and password
- Ideal for situations when you cannot download software
- Will not work with proprietary search software such as SciFinder Scholar, Insight client, or EndNote connection files
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
- About the VPN
- Requires that you download and run the VPN client software, and have a UCSBnetID and password
- Works in some instances where the proxy will not work
- Only method that can be used with proprietary search software such as SciFinder Scholar, Insight client, or EndNote connection files