Off Campus Access

Access to many of the resources on the University of Alberta website is restricted to students, faculty and staff.

Simply navigate to the e-journal or database you wish to use via the Library Home Page and log in using your Campus Computing ID and Password.


Are you having an Ezproxy login problem from off-campus?

The library's EZProxy server is especially configured for library resources. You don't need to do anything special to access it: you will automatically be directed to the EZProxy log-in screen if you are off campus. Enter your Campus Computing ID and password. You do not need to make any changes to your browser's configuration.

EZProxy uses cookies to keep track of your session, so that you don't have to log in again to access new resources. EZProxy will not work if your browser does not accept cookies. These cookies contain only your session key, and expire when you close your browser.

Once you have logged in using your Campus Computing ID, you will be able to access any of the library's restricted resources without having to log in again. Your log-in will expire after two hours of inactivity, or whenever you close your browser; after that you will be directed to the log-in screen again before you can access another restricted resource.

EZProxy prefix

To facilitate off-campus access to our online resources, add the EZProxy prefix "" before the web address.

For example, the following is a URL for an online article:

Once the EZProxy prefix is included, the link will appear as follows:

For more information go to

Third Party EZProxy Browser Extensions

Several third party browsers extensions are available to help access licensed material from off campus including:

EZProxy URLs

While you are using the EZProxy server to access a restricted resource, the URL in your browser's address box will be modified. For example, a database might have a URL like this when you access it on campus:

With EZProxy, it will look like this:

If you want to extract the "original" URL from an EZProxy URL, just remove the "" from the end of the domain name. Leave the rest of the URL as it is.

Shibboleth Authentication

A number of vendors support Shibboleth authentication that will allow you to login directly at the vendor web site. Look for a "Login" link and then select University of Alberta (often located under the label Canadian Access Federation or CAF). Vendors that currently support Ualberta login credentials include:

  • HathiTrust
  • Taylor and Francis


LibX is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to your Library's resources. It features:

  • Toolbar & right-click context menu
  • Support for off-campus access via EZProxy
  • Quick full text access to journal articles
  • Support for embedded cues
  • Support for xISBN

To learn more please visit the LibX Home Page . All new or cloned editions are now LibX 2.0 only. LibX for IE is no longer built.

U of A LibX Home Page

LibX for Firefox

LibX for Chrome

UAL Bookmarklet

Sometimes you want to access library e-resources from off-campus without going through the library website Maybe somebody sent you an email or a Twitter link to a great journal article, or you found something through Google Scholar. Rather than hitting a paywall, you can use these bookmarklets to quickly authenticate yourself as a University of Alberta user and access the full text. It's quick and easy to install in your Web browser.

Internet Explorer users: right-click this link UA Access and select "Add to Favorites".. You may be prompted with a security warning, but it is safe to click "Yes". Firefox/Safari/Chrome/Opera users: click and drag this link to your Bookmarks toolbar: UA Access

Please note that this bookmarklet does not work for some resources. If you are still having trouble accessing a particular resource, use the library catalogue, database , or e-journal search instead .


3rd party citation managers:

With EndNote and other research products to search Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, and other University of Alberta Library subscribed items, you may be prompted to enter in the following information:

Institutional Link Resolver Address:

Ezproxy Address:

When using Papers, click here for more information:

Additional Help

Databases and ejournals should work the same way whether you are on campus accessing them directly, or off campus accessing them through the EZProxy server. If you encounter any difficulties when using the EZProxy server, please send details (including the URL you were trying to access) to our Ask Us Services.

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