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EZProxy is a remote access service that re-writes a URL so you are recognized as an authorized user. This service:
A proxied link looks like this:
Please note that some resources are only available in campus libraries.
If you would like to bookmark a library resource, simply copy the URL from a library web page to ensure you get the correct information. If you find that a library resource denies you access, you can try using the library’s Remote access bookmarklet (see menu on the right). PLEASE NOTE: The remote access bookmarklet will only work for UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students.
Note that using a campus VPN DOES NOT automatically give you access to library resources. Get to the resource through our library website, and the resource will automatically ask you to login with your UW-Madison NetID.
Using the library website, navigate to the resource you want to use. The resource will eventually ask you to login. You access the remote access server by entering your NetID.
After entering your NetID, you should be redirected to the resource you selected. Notice that the URL to the article, database, or other resource has added the “EZProxy string.” For example:
What happens when you’re using EZProxy is that EZProxy rewrites the URL you want to go to. EZProxy allows you to log in through the library’s EZproxy server and gain access to resources.
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