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eResource Access

About eresources

Drexel University Libraries provides access to hundreds of authoritative databases, over 40,000 eJournals, and over 300,000 eBooks in support of Drexel research and scholarship. These eResources are licensed to the Drexel University Libraries by publishers and other content providers, and the terms of our licenses limit access to these eResources to current students, staff and faculty at Drexel. Drexel Alumni may access licensed eResources only from within the physical Drexel Libraries locations.

For those outside the Drexel community seeking access to authoritative research information, we recommend using the Open Access search option within Summon, Drexel University Libraries’ research discovery tool. These Open Access resources are freely available and offer a wide variety of scholarly and trusted information on most research topics.

Moving to EZproxy

On July 1, 2017, the Libraries transitioned to the proxy service EZproxy. This change ensures the Libraries is providing consistent access to licensed information resources, such as journal articles, databases and electronic books.

Members of the Drexel community now need to log in to EZproxy using their Drexel University user ID and password. Login is required regardless of physical location, and a single login at the beginning of your session will carry you through all available licensed resources that you access over the course of the same browser session. For more information about this change, contact your liaison librarian.

Update Saved Links

Users should update old bookmarks to frequently accessed online resources or by bookmarking the Libraries' Article Lookup Tool. New links that will connect directly to the full text of an online resource are currently available online through the Libraries' A-Z lists:

Check Before You Pay!

DO NOT PAY to access a resource. Old bookmarks saved in a browser may appear to connect to a resource but may not grant full, Drexel-licensed access. Before you pay for access, use the Libraries' A-Z lists or the Article Lookup Tool to determine if you have access through the Libraries. If you do not have access through the Libraries, visit https://www.library.drexel.edu/eresourceaccess for information on other ways to access these resources.

For more information and details about this change, view the Frequently Asked Questions listed below or contact any liaison librarian.

EZproxy Frequently asked questions

What is EZproxy?

EZproxy is a web proxy server used by libraries to provide access to restricted-access websites that authenticate users by IP address. This allows library patrons on campus, at home or elsewhere to log in through their library's EZproxy server and gain access to the online resources (like journals, books and bibliographic databases) to which their library subscribes.

A login screen appears when I try to access electronic resources, even when I am on campus. What do I do?

A recent change to the authentication process for accessing electronic Libraries resources now requires all patrons to enter their Drexel user ID and password regardless of location. If your status with the University permits access to our electronic resources, enter your University user ID and password in the Drexel Libraries branded login page to access library resources. If you continue to experience access issues after logging in, contact libacc@drexel.edu.

How do I get to the Drexel Libraries log on screen?

You will be automatically redirected to the login page if you access the Libraries’ resources (including online articles and databases) via the Libraries website. You will also be routed to this page if you click a secure, stable link to a Drexel Libraries licensed resource.

Why did the authentication process change?

The new authentication process is more secure, which will help protect the University community from the effects of unauthorized users attempting to access our secure network. In addition, the change ensures that we meet the access and security commitments that we agreed to with the vendors of our electronic content, who own the right to dictate appropriate access to their resources. Meeting these commitments ensures reliable access to our resources for all of our users.

How can I save links to the journals and articles I use frequently?

Navigating to journals and articles via the Libraries Databases A-Z page will ensure that the links you save are secure and stable.

Will this change which journals and databases I am able to access?

If you are a student, staff member, or faculty member, your access to the Libraries electronic resources will not change. If you have an ongoing relationship with the University that does not fall into one of the aforementioned groups (ex: a Non-Employee Associate), your access is restricted to on-site access from within one of the Libraries’ physical locations. If you are not sure what privileges your status with the University grant you, please contact libacc@drexel.edu for more information.

I need to access electronic resources outside of the Libraries, but my current status at Drexel does not permit this. What do I do?

Your access to the Libraries' resources is a facet of your University account and is directly determined by your relationship with the University. If you feel your current status does not accurately reflect this relationship, please contact your direct departmental supervisor to discuss this matter. Libraries staff are not authorized to change your University account.

I entered my Drexel University user ID and password but am still unable to access a resource.

Please check to make sure that you are typing your user name and password into a Drexel Libraries-branded login screen. Your Drexel user ID and password will only work on a Drexel login screen (not, for example, when typed directly into a journal's website). If you are receiving an error message when entering your user name and password on the Drexel Libraries-branded login screen, contact libacc@drexel.edu.

Can I use Drexel's VPN to authenticate?

Accessing Drexel's VPN will no longer be sufficient to access the Libraries' electronic resources. You will have to authenticate through the Libraries site even while using VPN.

Is there a quicker way to access the Libraries resources?

The quickest and most reliable way to access the Libraries licensed electronic resources is by starting your search on the Libraries website or by saving stable links from the Libraries Libraries Databases A-Z page.

How is my personally identifiable information being used?

For more information about how the Libraries handles your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Statement.

If I officially graduated but am completing thesis/dissertation-related projects, will I still have access?

Alumni are welcome to visit any of the Libraries’ physical locations, where staff can assist you with on-site access to electronic resources. Off-site access for students is restricted to those currently enrolled in classes. Please contact your advisor.