If you use the links to our databases from our A to Z list, most of them have been set up to prompt you to authenticate with your College of Wooster log in information. This may meet your needs for conducting research from off-campus. If you encounter a resource that doesn't authenticate you, try the options listed below.
The most convenient method for accessing the Libraries' electronic resources on your computer from off-campus is by setting up the COW-VPN access. By using this type of access your computer will be recognized as having a campus Internet address and thus allow you access to electronic resources such as databases and electronic journals. This is the best method for accessing JSTOR.
Once you have set up a COW-VPN connection on your computer, you simply access the Internet as you would normally and then connect to the COW-VPN. For instructions see:
Office of Information Technology Documention for Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The other method for accessing the Libraries' electronic resources from off-campus is by using OhioLINK's remote authentication.
Begin by going to the OhioLINK Institution Selection Form and selecting College of Wooster from the pull-down menu and clicking the Submit button. You will be prompted for your C.O.W. account information (the user name and password you use for e-mail). You should receive a message indicating that authentication was successful.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have authenticated through the OhioLINK site, it is necessary for you to access databases/electronic resources through the OhioLINK web pages in order to use the correct off-campus web addresses.
If you have any questions about off-campus access for electronic resources, please contact Mark Gooch (330-263- 2522) or call the Library's main number (330-263-2493) and ask for the research help desk. You can also refer to How to Access OhioLINK Databases.
After doing a search in Google Scholar, the "Find It" link will usually be over in the right-hand portion of the results. Click it to search Wooster's holdings. If there is no "Find It" link, sometimes it will be located under "More" beneath the article info.