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Off-campus access to library resources

When you're off-campus and click on a link that requires authentication, you'll be prompted automatically for your Amherst username and password. (This is why you should start from the library's list of databases; if you go directly to, for example, it won't know to prompt for authentication.)

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Who can access library resources from off-campus?
Off-campus access is available to all current Amherst College students, faculty, and staff, plus Five-College students currently enrolled in courses at Amherst.

What about Table of Content alerts or RSS feeds?
Some vendors add our proxy server prefix which enables off-campus linking to alerts, and some do not. If the links you're provided with don't start with, they won't work from off-campus. You can copy and paste this prefix to the start of each link manually to allow links to work from off-campus.

Hint:  Try adding the prefix to the address of any online journal or database to which the library subscribes from a bookmark in your browser or without navigating through the library website. This should work for most, but ask us if you have problems.

What about alumni access to library resources?
Some resources are available to alumni, although many are for current students only.

What about Google Scholar and AC links?
If you use Google Scholar to search for articles, it won't know to provide the AC links to our full-text subscriptions when you're off-campus. Go to Settings > Library links and type Amherst College into the box, then check AC full-text here.

Need more information?
IT's instructions about VPN and older proxy technology (i.e., configuring your browser to use proxypac) may be useful. Be advised, though, that the proxypac was retired in December 2013; VPN will remain active for uses other than connecting to library resources.