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Proxy Server, VPN, Network Drives

Use this guide to understand what a proxy server is, when and why you need one, and how to use it.

What is a proxy server?

Why is a proxy server needed? How does it work?

Most of the databases and e-journals provided by the Washington University Libraries are on the Web but are not free. The Libraries purchase access to them.  The majority of the databases and journals are licensed to the entire Danforth Campus.  This means if you are on the WU campuses, you can access them.  If you are off campus, though, you must logon with your WUSTL Key and have your affiliation with the University recognized before gaining access.  

Some of the law-specific databases are licensed to only the Law School.  When you log into these databases and journals from off campus or via a wireless connection, you must logon with your WUSTL Key and have your affiliation with the Law School recognized.  All Washington University students enrolled in a law school program or class, law faculty and law staff are authorized.

After you have logged in, you should not be challenged again for your ID and password - until you turn off your computer, or close your browser. If you need help with your WUSTL Key or password, click here.

You know you are 'proxied' for resources licensed to the entire campus when you see '' in the first part of the URL in your browser's address bar, e.g., 

You know you are 'proxied' for resources licensed to only the law school when you see "" in the first part of the URL in your browser's address bar, e.g.,

If you type in a new URL in the browser’s address box you will leave the proxy service.

Proxied Links for Common Search Tools

Click on the images below to be taken to the proxied links for these search tools.  By using these links, search results will display Get It @ Wash U links for articles, and links to ILLiad requests for books, journals, and other materials.


Google Scholar



Helpful Hint

Do you frequently access library resources from off-campus?  Bookmark this page () in your web browser, and start all of your research from here, if you wish.You  will be directed to the Library's Research Databases page after logging in to the proxy server with your WUSTL Key.