In order to use our many research databases from off campus, you will need to use either the proxy server, the Virtual Private Network (VPN), or log in through UCSB Library Search. You can access the UCSB Library Search and Next Generation Melvyl catalogs without any special sign ins, but will need to log in in order to access full text. 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, VPN, and off-campus access through UCSB Library Search are available only to UCSB faculty, staff, and students. You must have a UCSBnetID and password to sign in.
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, or log in through UCSB Library Search.
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
UCSB Library Search
- Many of our online resources can be accessed through UCSB Library Search. If you have logged in through the Proxy Server or VPN, you will already have access to full text through UCSB Library Center. If not, you can log in through UCSB Library Search to access full text.