Off Campus Access to Licensed Electronic Resources
Current MSU Bozeman students, staff, and faculty using the library's resources off-campus, will use their NetID credentials when prompted to log in to the library. This allows access to our journals, articles, and research databases as long as you connect via the library links. Those not affiliated with MSU are welcome to visit the Library in-person and access resources from a library computer.
Start at the Library's Website
The most reliable way to access our resources from off campus is to start your search at the library's homepage, either by looking for resources in CatSearch or going to a specific database using links on the library's website. These links are configured to automatically ask authorized users to log in using their NetID and passwords to enable their access to the library's resources from off campus:
If you are having trouble using our online resources from off campus, please review our troubleshooting tips for resolving common issues.
Using the VPN to Access Online Library Resources
At this time, the library does not recommend using the VPN to gain access to our subscription resources as an error known as split tunneling occurs, blocking access to resources that we subscribe to. Instead, we suggest starting your search at the library's homepage. If you regular access resources outside of the Library's website, we suggest using one of the options below.
Add the Proxy Prefix
Add the proxy prefix (below) in front of the URL of the resource you're trying to access and select enter. This will cause the URL to be rewritten, and if we have access, you should be prompted to log in:
- Proxy prefix: http://proxybz.lib.montana.edu/login?url=
- Example: http://proxybz.lib.montana.edu/login?url=https://nature.com
Use our online resources shortcut to automatically prepend the proxy prefix to resources.
Accessing Library Resources Elsewhere
The library recognizes that not of all of our users will start their research process at the library's homepage. Below are options we have in place for connecting to our resources if you start your research elsewhere: