Access from Off Campus - BML

Most of our e-journals and databases are restricted so that only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can use them from off-campus. In order to get access to these resources from an off-campus computer, you need to connect your computer to the UCSD network.

There are two different ways to do this, depending on what you need and what kind of network account you have. Please note: the library is not in a position to obtain or check logins on behalf of users.

1. Proxy server

  • Basics: If all you need to use is web-based resources such as e-journals, e-reserves and web-based databases, this is the easiest and most popular solution.
  • Technical requirements: you will change one setting in your web browser - use the link below and follow the path to the browser you use.
  • Login requirements: for students use your normal login. For staff/faculty this uses your "UCSD Network" username and password, which you may have heard called "Kerberos." Login information is here.
  • Link to details for Proxy Server
    (NB: for Google Chrome users: there is no separate proxy setting. Set up your Internet Explorer browser to use the proxy server, and Chrome should pick up those settings.)

2. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Basics: This will let you use both web-based and non-web based resources. The latter include things like some campus business systems, EndNote's Connect tool etc.
  • Technical requirements: you will need to install (free) VPN software on your computer.
  • Login requirements: the VPN uses Active Directory. For students and most staff/faculty this is your normal computer login. If your department does not use Active Directory, you will need to contact your department's Network Manager to get an account set up for you.
  • Link to details for Virtual Private Network
  • Configuration: be sure to select "allthruucsd" when you connect. 

Can't use either of those because your computer is too locked down? 

If you are using a computer that is completely locked down to where you cannot change any settings or install software, you might want to try the WebVPN. This goes entirely through your web browser with nothing to install.  Like the regular VPN, this requires an Active Directory login, so you should make sure to have that login before trying this.  Start at, choose EasyConnect, and then type our Web address into the location box, and confine all your web browsing to the VPN window. Please be aware that some of our databases including Web of Science do NOT work properly via the WebVPN.  If you would like information on this alternative, please contact the Biomedical Library reference desk at (858) 534-1201 or

The proxy server, and VPN services described above are all provided by Adminstrative Computing and Telecommunications' (ACT) Network Operations unit. If you have questions about your password, compatibility with your particular hardware/operating system/firewall setup, or other technical questions relating to getting the service configured, please contact them.

If you are having a problem with a particular database, e-journal or other library resource, please contact us!

Last updated: 9/14/2011