General Research Guides
Using the Library from Off Campus
- Using the Proxy Server to access electronic resources from off campus
- Extensions and Search Plugins to customize your own browser
- Creating EZProxy links
- Research Help
Using the Proxy Server - the key to using the library from off campus
There is a lot of library research that can be done now from outside the library, whether it be in your dorm room, office, or on a study-abroad program. The library subscribes to many resources that are available electronically, and these are almost always available from off-campus, but, the vendor must know that you are from Carleton.
Log in to the Proxy Server to access electronic resources from off campus
If you are a member of the Carleton student, faculty, or staff, you can log into our proxy server (EZProxy) and then access electronic resources that Carleton subscribes to. Alumni do not have access to these resources from off campus.
You will be asked to log in with your Carleton username and password. Once you're logged in, you will see ".ezproxy.carleton.edu" added to the end of URL for the page you're on. Now you can navigate to:
- our databases page to search for articles or other electronic resources.
- our journals / magazines / newspapers list to search for a title. This will tell you if we subscribe to the title, and if it is available electronically.
- the Bridge to search for books, videos and other resources, some of which may be available electronically.
For the proxy server connection to be maintained, you must follow the links from the library's website to these resources. You cannot simply type in a URL or follow a bookmark. See the section on creating EZProxy links if you'd like to do one of those things.
The library has created browser extensions that you can add to your browser to make library research even more convenient.
LibX Extension - the LibX extension adds a toolbar to the top of your browser and additional options when you right-click or ctrl-click with your mouse. Click here to get to the page to install the extension.
- You can re-load any page through the proxy server by doing a right-click or ctrl-click on the page, and choosing "Reload via Carleton off-campus access."
- You can use the tool bar to search the Bridge without having to go to the library's website.
- You can hightlight a word on a page and right-click to search the Bridge for that word.
- The LibX extension is still being perfected. Let us know if you notice any problems or have ideas for additions. If you install the extension and then new revisions are created, you'll be notified and asked if you want to update.
Search Engine Plugins - The search engine plugins add Carleton library-specific search engines to your browsers search box at the top of the browser. You can choose to add searches of the Bridge, our Journal, Magazines, and Newspapers List, or our databases page (this does NOT search in the databases, just helps you find one). If you will be using these from off campus, choose the off campus versions and you will automatically use the EZProxy server. Click here to get to the page to install the search engines.
Use this form to save or share links that would need to go through the proxy server. You can then add the links to electronic resources to a syllabus, send them to a student, faculty or staff member, or to add them to your your browser's bookmarks. Remember that anyone using the link will be asked for a valid Carleton username and password.
Just enter the URL that you would like to have going through the proxy server and then click the appropriate button. NOTE: Make sure that Carleton already has a subscription to the service before you create the links. If you cannot access the resource from on campus, you won't be able to access it through EZProxy either.
Enter your URL (including http://):