Connecting to Electronic Resources
Due to site-licensing agreements, access to the Library's online journals and databases are restricted to current students, faculty, and staff with University of Chicago computing accounts (CNet ID) and to users doing research within Library buildings.In addition, access to a group of specially licensed databases is available to University of Chicago alumni.
- The Library's electronic journals and resources are accessible from any computer connected to the campus network (including offices, computing labs, and dorms). Connecting a laptop or other device to the campus wireless or ethernet requires authentication with a CNet ID and password. Visitors doing research within Library buildings who are not eligible for CNet IDs may be issued temporary wireless network credentials by the ID & Privileges Office.
- Access to electronic resources from off-campus requires authentication, which is done through IT Services' proxy server. Links on the Library web site are configured to do this automatically. You will be prompted to login using your CNet ID and password.
- University Hospitals employees without CNetIDs can authenticate using their UCHAD ID and password. More information on using UCHADS.
- Off-campus access is only available to current students, faculty and staff. Alumni with CNet IDs may access a group of specially licensed databases from off-campus. Visit our Library Guide for more information on Electronic Resources for Alumni.
Resources for Off-Campus Access
- ProxyIt! IT Services has made this tool for adding the proxy server information to links that do not include it. This is useful for articles located through Google Scholar or other search engines.
- VPN Software IT Services offers this as an alternative way to access restricted resources, but they do not recommend it for most users due to its complexity.
- Google Scholar users can set their preferences to use the Library's FindIt service. This lets you locate full text of articles directly form your Google results.
Information on doing this is available here.
View a brief video tutorial.
Connecting to the Library Catalog
The University of Chicago Library Catalog is freely available to the public through the University of Chicago Library's web site, although links to restricted resources will not work. If using EndNote or other Z39.50 software to connect to the catalog, please see our EndNote Help pages or Accessing the Library Catalog via Z39.50 Clients.
If you are unable to connect to a specific electronic journal or database listed in the Library Catalog or Database Finder, please contact the Library. We will investigate the problem.