The use of electronic resources like databases and e-journals is governed by licenses or contracts signed by the library with vendors and publishers.
Most of the Library's licenses for electronic resources permit only current University of Saskatchewan students, staff, and faculty (including emeriti, adjunct professors, and other research associates) to access the resources from off-campus. Most licenses do not permit remote access by alumni or members of the public.
The Library's authentication system permits remote access to authorized users of electronic resources via proxy software. The proxy program is EZProxy, which permits access to electronic resources without requiring you to make any setting changes in your browser. By accessing library resources through the Catalogue or Library website, you will be routed through the proxy and will be prompted to authenticate.
The Library authentication system requires you to enter your University Network Service ID and password in order to identify you as an authorized user.
The authentication will ask for:
There is usually no requirement to authenticate yourself from a campus workstation. Members of the public may access most of the electronic resources from a public workstation at any of the University Branch Libraries for occasional, non-commercial, research and educational use. More information about computers in the library can be found here.
When you are searching for research articles off campus you might encounter a publisher's paywall that prevents you from gaining access to the full text. If the University Library subscribes to that electronic resource this bookmarklet can give you fast and easy access.
When you are prevented from accessing an article on a publisher's website click on the bookmarklet link in your toolbar to automatically gain access to the full text version. You must be logged in to your PAWS account to use the proxy service. If you are not already logged in you will automatically be prompted to enter your NSID and password.
This video tutorial demonstrates how to set up the bookmarklet in your web browser. It work for all journals and databases that the University of Saskatchewan Library subscribes to.
Most of our online journals are only available to members of the campus community. When you are on campus, you are able to automatically access most resources because the system identifies your location. When you are off-campus, you need to login with your NSID and password.
If you have found an online article on a publisher's website, but you don't want to go to the University Library website and search for it again, there is another option:
When you are on the publisher's website (and it is asking you to pay for the article)...
Manually insert the UofS proxy string .cyber.usask.ca into the article URL between the ".com" and the rest of the address. You will be prompted to login with your NSID & password (from the site you are on), and you will be given full text access if the library subscribes to that journal.
*Add the proxy string immediately after the .com:
To enable FindIt! in Google Scholar on your personal computer:
*Please Note: If you are accessing licensed library resources off-campus you will automatically be asked to authenticate with your NSID and password.
To enable direct export from Google Scholar to your RefWorks account:
Under Search Results change the Bibliography Manager option to Show links to import into RefWorks from the drop down menu
Save. This preference will be saved for any future searches on this computer. You will have to repeat these steps on any additional computers you use.
To initiate a direct export to RefWorks:
*Note: You can only import one reference at a time from Google Scholar into RefWorks