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FAQ: Who can access databases, e-journals, e-books etc. and from where?

Short, simple how-to and demos of frequently asked questions about using the Libraries and information resources

Who can access online resources and from where?

Many of the Libraries' resources are available online, 24/7! However, most of the databases, electronic journals, and e-books have some access requirements, usually flagged by a note (with or without an icon). One or more can apply to a resource:

Access for all on-campus; login required from off-campus

On-campus: anyone (all visitors, students, faculty, staff) on any of the UW campuses can access these resources through computers/devices connected to the UW campus network including campus wi-fi.

Off-campus: only current UW students and current/retired/emeritus faculty and staff and current Cascadia users can connect by logging in when prompted through the Libraries website or using the proxy bookmarklet to access these resources. Alternatively, UW users can use Husky OnNet configured for “All Traffic”, and Cascadia users can use a browser from Cascadia’s Remote Desktop (“Views”) Access.




Access only for current UW students, faculty & staff

Whether you are on-campus or off-campus, only current UW students and current/retired/emeritus faculty and staff and current Cascadia users can access these resources unless otherwise noted in the individual database description. You must log in with your personal UW NetID.

An individual account is needed to access content

Some resources require an individual account to be created on the platform in order to access some (or all) of the content.

  • This may be in conjunction with one of the other access requirements (ie, you may need to be a UW student/employee or you may need to be on campus in order to create the account).

  • Some databases automatically create the account when you log in with your NetID, some prompt you to enter your UW email address in order to create it -- see directions in the specific database about how to create the account.

If you are having problems accessing resources - please Ask Us!

In the Articles & Research Databases A-Z list or research guides the icons are next to the database links (hover over an icon to see the description, click to view FAQ):

In UW Libraries Search the note is stated underneath the database link under View It:

screenshot of note underneath database link in UW Libraries Search