Most OhioLINK databases are licensed under contractual agreements. Access
to licensed databases is determined by one of two criteria:
- Your physical location (which campus you are AT when using OhioLINK).
- Your status as a currently enrolled student, faculty or staff member
of an OhioLINK college or university.
On-campus Access: If you are using a computer on an OhioLINK campus,
in a library, lab, office, or dorm, you automatically have access to the
databases that this library subscribes to. Access is determined by IP (internet
Off-campus Access: From an off-campus location, such as your home
or workplace or a non-OhioLINK library, you must use "remote authentication"
or "password access" to search databases that your library subscribes to.
From the OhioLINK home page, click the "log
in" link. Then supply your institution, your name, and your ID (Social
Off-campus access to licensed databases is available only to students, faculty,
and staff of OhioLINK institutions. Due to contract restrictions, alumni
and courtesy-card borrowers are not allowed remote access to databases.
If you have difficulty using OhioLINK databases, see OhioLINK's Remote Authentication
FAQs section for further help, or consult the OhioLINK Research Databases Troubleshooting Guide (PDF).
Internet Explorer 6.0 doesn't always work. Try using version 7.0 or Firefox 2.0.
AOL Browser: The browser provided by AOL doesn't work at all with the
authentication program. If using AOL, it will be necessary to download
Netscape in order to access OhioLINK from home.
If you have problems connecting with OhioLINK after reading these tips, please
see the reference librarian. Be specific and complete in your problem
report. Identify the database, the date and time you tried to use the database,
and the particular searches or records that you are reporting. Report as
much information as needed to replicate your problem. If at all possible,
copy down error messages when they appear and bring them to the librarian.