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There are three ways to access the Library Databases
There are three ways to access the Library Databases
* On Campus (no special configuration required)
* On Campus (no special configuration required)
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* [[VPN|Off Campus using VPN]]
* [[VPN|Off Campus using VPN]]
* [[Library Databases Over Stevens Dialup|Off Campus using dialup]]
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== Accessing Library Databases Using Proxies ==
== Accessing Library Databases Using Proxies ==
The recommended way to access Library databases (through your regular Internet Service Provider) requires validation using your Pipeline username and password. (You will use your [[Pipeline Account|Pipeline username and password]] to obtain the Library’s “proxy” user id and “proxy” password.) Use of a proxy user id and password is required since your ISP is not directly part of Stevens’ campus network. By entering the proxy user id and password when prompted at the Library’s web page, your remote network connection will appear to be from a Stevens network address. Your computer must appear to have a Stevens network address to access proprietary, commercial databases. To connect from home using your regular Internet Service Provider, specific browser settings are required. Configure your web browser with the settings and steps listed below.
The recommended way to access Library databases (through your regular Internet Service Provider) requires validation using your Pipeline username and password. (You will use your [[Pipeline Account|Pipeline username and password]] to obtain the Library’s “proxy” user id and “proxy” password.) Use of a proxy user id and password is required since your ISP is not directly part of Stevens’ campus network. By entering the proxy user id and password when prompted at the Library’s web page, your remote network connection will appear to be from a Stevens network address. Your computer must appear to have a Stevens network address to access proprietary, commercial databases. To connect from home using your regular Internet Service Provider, specific browser settings are required. Configure your web browser with the settings and steps listed below.

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Who's Eligible?

All currently registered Stevens students, faculty, and staff are eligible for access to Library subscription databases. Your Stevens Pipeline username and password are required for authentication to access them from off campus. Instructions to assist you with accessing the databases from off campus are below.

There are three ways to access the Library Databases

Accessing Library Databases Using Proxies

The recommended way to access Library databases (through your regular Internet Service Provider) requires validation using your Pipeline username and password. (You will use your Pipeline username and password to obtain the Library’s “proxy” user id and “proxy” password.) Use of a proxy user id and password is required since your ISP is not directly part of Stevens’ campus network. By entering the proxy user id and password when prompted at the Library’s web page, your remote network connection will appear to be from a Stevens network address. Your computer must appear to have a Stevens network address to access proprietary, commercial databases. To connect from home using your regular Internet Service Provider, specific browser settings are required. Configure your web browser with the settings and steps listed below.

Configure Proxies

Please visit the Configuring Proxies pages to configure your browser to use Stevens Proxies.

Please ensure the following two settings are configured in Internet Explorer

  • Automatic login in Intranet zone only must be selected. This setting is located under Tools, Internet Options. Then select Security. Next, select the Custom level button. Scroll to the bottom of the list, and make sure Automatic login in Intranet zone only is selected.
  • Internet Explorer HTTP 1.1 settings must be unchecked. These settings can be found under Tools, Internet Options and finally pick the Advanced tab. Scroll down until you see HTTP 1.1 settings. Make sure the boxes are not selected. If they are selected, remove the checks in the checkboxes next to the HTTP 1.1 settings.

Obtain the proxy server username and password

Go to the Stevens Pipeline Portal and enter your username and password (your email login information). If you have never logged in before and do not know your Pipeline login information, use the link below the Pipeline login box to obtain your username and PIN. Log into Pipeline. You will be required to set a new Pipeline password when you first log in.

Once logged into Pipeline, select the School Services tab and click on the links for Academic Services. Scroll down on the page to find the special username and password for the proxy server. The password may change on a regular basis, so be prepared to check this page from time to time.

Go to the Library’s web page. Enter proxy login information when prompted

When you attempt to access the Library website or databases, you will be prompted for login information. Be sure to enter the proxy username and password and NOT your Pipeline (email) login information.

If you need assistance using the Library databasesonce you have gained access, please contact an Information Services Librarian. Information Technology's Help Desk staff does not provide assistance with searching library databases.

Troubleshooting

Are you entering the correct password?

Make sure you enter the proxy server username and password at the Library website and NOT your Pipeline email username and password.

Do you know your Pipeline email username and password?

If you have never logged in to Pipeline, you must do so and change your initial password first to get the Proxy user id and password.

Are you trying to connect from your office with a corporate firewall?

Corporate sites which maintain firewalls or proxy servers will not allow access to the Stevens proxy server. It is recommended that you use your own ISP from home to gain access to the Library databases.

Does your ISP require that you use their proxy settings?

Sometimes an Internet Service Provider has set up proxy settings. Ask your ISP if the settings are optional. If they are not optional, then you will not be able to connect to the Library databases.

Are you using a cable modem?

Sometimes access through a cable modem precludes the use of a proxy server.

Are you using Firefox or IE?

There have been inconsistencies with proxy server access using Internet Explorer, particularly IE 6.0. Therefore, it is recommended that you try using Firefox. If you do not have Firefox on your computer, you can download it for free from http://www.mozilla.com.

STILL CAN'T CONNECT?

If you have reviewed all of the above and still cannot connect, please notify an Information Technology consultant at (201)-216-5500 or helpdesk@stevens.edu and include the following information in your e-mail or telehone message:

  1. Macintosh computer or Windows PC
  2. Operating system and version number
  3. Web browser and version
  4. Name of your Internet Service Provider

If nothing else works, the Help Desk staff may ask you to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to Stevens. VPN connections are encrypted. Encryption will reduce speed of access and database searching. Use of VPN is recommended only as a last resort.

FAQ

Questions about accessing databases:

What do I have access to on the Library website from off campus?

The Library website is accessible from around the world. You can access everything within the website from off campus except for subscription-based research databases and e-journals. To access restricted databases, you must prove that you are a valid member of the Stevens community. Follow the directions in Accessing Databases.

How do I connect to databases & e-journals if I have my own Internet Service Provider?

You can connect using your own service provider by simply reconfiguring your browser to point to the campus proxy server and entering the proxy login information when prompted. You must have a Pipeline email account to obtain the login information for the proxy server. Detailed directions are available in the section Accessing Databases

How do I connect using my phone line?

You can dial-up to a 56k modem by following the instructions at Library Databases Over Stevens Dialup.

What is the proxy server?

The proxy server is a computer that authenticates you as a valid member of the Stevens community. Once authenticated, it assigns you an IP address that allows you to gain access to restricted services. All of the Library subscription-based databases require that users have a Stevens IP address. To obtain a Stevens IP address from off campus, you must connect to the proxy server, at which point you will be authenticated and assigned a Stevens IP.

What's the difference between my email password and username and the proxy login information?

Your email login information is completely separate from the proxy login information. However, you need your Pipeline email account username and password to obtain the proxy username and password. Please follow these instructions to obtain the proxy username and password.

What web browser should I use?

Information Technology maintains the proxy server and currently recommends using Firefox as your browser to connect from off campus.

What do I do if I can't connect?

If you cannot connect, the first thing you should do is read through the Troubleshooting section in Accessing Databases. You may simply be entering the wrong password. If you still cannot connect, please contact the Consultants at 201-216-5500 or helpdesk@stevens.edu for more assistance and to report your problem.

Can I use AOL to connect from off campus?

You can use AOL as your ISP to connect to the Library databases from off campus; however, you must launch Firefox or IE and reconfigure to point to the proxy server as explained in Accessing Databases.

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