Off-Campus Access FAQ
Off-Campus Access FAQ
When off the campus network, you must authenticate as a member of UCSF to get access to full text subscriptions. EZproxy and MyAccess make that possible.
- Do I need to log into MyAccess when I’m on the campus network?
No, you will not be prompted to log in if you are on the campus network. You will automatically get access to the Library’s subscription content.
- When should I use the EZproxy bookmarklet?
The bookmarklet is only useful when you’re off campus and go directly to a journal or ebook rather than through the Library website. If you don’t get full text for a publication that UCSF Library offers, clicking the bookmarklet will allow you to authenticate and get access. It’s handy to have it installed in your browser toolbar just in case you need it. For more, see the video.
- Will I need to click the bookmarklet more than once?
When going to another journal or source during the same research session, you may need to click the bookmarklet again to trigger UCSF access, but you will only have to enter your MyAccess information the first time.
- How is EZproxy different from VPN?
EZproxy does not replace vpn@UCSF as they serve different purposes. As part of the university IT infrastructure, VPN will continue to support a broad range of academic activities requiring remote connection.
EZproxy, on the other hand, is a service provided by the Library only for remote access to library-licensed content. If you happen to be using VPN Network Connect for another purpose (e.g. connecting to a remote UCSF computer or server) you might also have access to library subscription content, if you are authorized.
- How do I use EZproxy with PubMed?
- How do I create a link that will work from off campus?
If you want to put a link to a subscription article or ebook on your lab site, CLE course page, or any other website, you must add the EZproxy prefix:
The prefix simply prompts the user to authenticate with MyAccess if off campus. For example, to make a link to the article Perceptions of a mobile technology on learning strategies in the anatomy laboratory, the URL should include theprefix + article URL. In this case it would be:
If the user is on campus, that link simply passes them right to the article or ebook with no need to log in.
- How do I set up RefWorks to access articles from off-campus?
Begin at the Library website link to RefWorks. This includes the EZproxy prefix, so you will immediately be prompted to log in with MyAccess. Enter the UCSF group code plus your personal username and password to get access to full text.
- How do I set up EndNote to access articles from off-campus?
In the Endnote application, go to File > Preferences > Find Full Text. There you must enter this information and clickApply:
- How do I set up Docwise to access articles from off-campus?
Set UCSF as your institution in Menu > Settings > Insitution > UC San Francisco
- How do I set up Read by QxMD to access articles from off-campus?
Set UCSF as your institution in Settings > My Proxy > University of California, San Francisco. Next choose Automatic Login Using MyAccess and enter your MyAccess username and password under Account Details and click Done.
- How do I set up Papers to access articles from off-campus?
Papers > Preferences > Access and choose University of California San Francisco from the dropdown menu.
For mobile Papers, you will need to manually enter the prefix
- How do I set up Mendeley Web to access articles from off-campus?
My Account > Account Details > Sharing/Importing tab > Add library manually
Choose from list does not currently work. Note this also does not work for mobile or desktop apps. Tell Mendeley you want them to support EZproxy there too..
- How do I use Google Scholar from off campus?
Begin at the Library website link to Google Scholar. This includes the EZproxy prefix, so you will immediately be prompted to log in with MyAccess. Next go to Settings > Library Links and check or enter University of California San Francisco and click Save.
- How do I set up Docphin to access articles from off-campus?
Set UCSF as your institution in Menu > Your Name > Settings > Institution > University of California San Francisco. Return to menu to view journals, etc.