Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus: Using the Proxy

Important edit: This information is no longer up-to-date. For more information, visit the Access Library Resource page on the libraries’ website.

With the move to remote learning, many students, faculty, and staff may be using the library’s resources from off-campus for the first time. If so, you may have been surprised that most of our electronic resources are not freely available online as they appear to be when accessing them from on-campus.

In order to use library resources off-campus, you need to prove that you are affiliated with UC due to many of the licenses with vendors that provide our e-book and other electronic resources. Given recent changes to the VPN, we strongly recommend all faculty, staff, and students utilize the Proxy option to access library resources. Instructions for using the Proxy are listed below along with links to instruction videos.

Proxy Login Instructions

Go to:

View Step-by-Step video instructions. [no audio]

NOTE: Login/authentication may not carry over between browser tabs.

These step-by-step videos show how to connect to directly to resources:

As always, if you need assistance, email us at and we’ll be happy to help!

Health Sciences Library – Frequently Asked Questions about Access

We want your access to and interaction with resources at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) to go as smoothly as possible.  The following tutorials and Guides address some of the most frequently asked questions about access.



Need additional assistance?

  • Phone: 513-558-0127
  • Email
  • HSL IT Support: 513-558-4173
  • IT@UC Help Desk: 513-556-4357 or 866-397-3382


Welcome to the Health Sciences Library!

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library staff extends a warm welcome to new and returning students and faculty!

The library serves the research needs of the students, faculty and staff of the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, and the Greater Cincinnati community at large. It also serves affiliated institutions, including the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as national and international scholars and researchers.

We invite you to use and enjoy our space:

Explore our database resources and e-book collections:

Browse or search for a journal title in our e-Journal collection:

Browse or search our research guides that provide resources on a specific subject or special topic:

Engage with the HSL or UC Libraries staff:

Need help?

  • Phone: 513-558-0127
  • Email
  • HSL IT Support: 513-558-4173
  • IT@UC Help Desk: 513-556-4357 or 866-397-3382

SSL VPN and Junos Pulse


On August 11, 2014, SSL VPN will be modified so that the Junos Pulse client is presented when you log into the SSL VPN.

Mobile users (iOS, Android, etc.) have used the Junos Pulse client for several years and now UC is transitioning the SSL VPN to present Junos Pulse as the default client for SSL VPN connections.

This change will primarily only affect “new” SSL VPN users, users that have the “Network Connect” client installed will still be able to connect using the “Network Connect” client.

Click here to see Junos Pulse installation and setup instructions.  These instructions will also be available from the HSL Off Campus Access page.

If you have any questions or problems with setting up the Junos Pulse client, please contact UCIT Help Desk at 556-435.

(SSL VPN connectivity information provided by Bruce Burton, Director, Network  and Telecommunication Services, UCIT Enterprise Shared Services.)

Off Campus Access to UC HSL Resources

Off campus access to UC Health Sciences Library resources is available through the SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) or the proxy server.

SSL VPN Access: (VPN tutorial ; set up instructions) Call the UCIT Help Desk at 556-4357 with installation or general questions about the SSL VPN.  VPN FAQs

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Clinical Key Off Campus Access

As of August 1, 2013, off campus access to Clinical Key is via the UC SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) only.  Clinical Key has been available via the proxy server since April during a trial.  UC Health decided not to subscribe to Clinical Key. Therefore, proxy server access to Clinical Key for UC Health employees  ended when the trial came to an end July 31, 2013.

UC SSL VPN access to Clinical Key is available for users with a UC central login.  Information about how to set up VPN access is available here .  For more information about off campus access or the VPN, go to .

Clinical Key eBook Full Text Access On and Off Campus

One other Clinical Key requirement is to set up an additional personal account in order to access ebook full text both on and off campus.  If you already have a personal Scopus account, that login will also work with Clinical Key.

Questions?  Please contact Edith Starbuck at or 558-1433.