Proxy Server Info and Options
Why is a proxy server needed? How does it work?
Most of the databases and ejournals provided by Washington University Libraries are on the Web but are not free. We purchase access to them from companies. Our agreements with them limit access to current WU students, faculty, and staff. If you are not on the WU campuses, the companies do not know that you are affiliated with the University, so you are denied access.
If you don't log in before you begin, you should be presented with the proxy login screen at whatever point you would need to log in when using the Library website from off-campus. You should not be challenged again for your ID and password - until you turn off your computer, or close your browser. Need help with your WUSTL Key or password? Here's more info.
If you access library resources from off-campus frequently, you can bookmark the Proxy Server Login page in your web browser, and start from that logon, if you wish. When you start from that URL (rather than clicking on a URL for a specific resource in the website or in Find it!, etc.), you'll be directed to the Library homepage after logging in. You'll know you are 'proxied' when you see 'libproxy.wustl.edu' in the first part of the URL in your browser's address bar, like this:
If you type in a new URL in the browser’s address box you will leave the proxy service.
Proxy it! Bookmarklet: add this bookmarklet to your web browser, and send webpages through the proxy server with one click. More info, and download it!
Directing links through the proxy server: If you maintain pages of links, or wish to put 'proxied' URLs into Ares or Blackboard please visit Directing Links Through the Proxy Server for information. Putting your links in the proper format means WU people using your webpage(s) will be able to reach those resources from on-campus or off.
When using Google Scholar: If you use the LibX Toolbar or the Proxy it! bookmarklet (above), it's easy to reload a link or a page via the proxy server. But you might also (or instead) want to set your Scholar Preferences (click that link next to the search box in Google Scholar) to show Get it! @ WU links next to the titles in your results:
- Click the "Settings" link in Google Scholar
- Select "Library links" on the left side of the page.
- Under the heading "Show library access links for (choose up to five libraries)" type washington into the search field.
- Click the checkbox in front of 'Washington University in St Louis - Get it! @ WU' and click the Save button.
Please use this form to let us know if you run into any sites that you can’t access – especially if they are electronic resources that you would get through the Libraries.