Off-campus Online Access

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Using Remote Access/EZProxy

Your Login

You access the remote access server by entering your NetID.

  1. You must have a valid UW-Madison Photo ID to activate and keep a NetID account.
  2. NetIDs can be activated at the NetID Account Activation page.
  3. Once entered, this remains active until you exit your browser or are logged out after 6 hours of inactivity.

Note: The E-Resource Gateway will log you out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Enabling Cookies

What are cookies?

  • Web browsers use cookies
  • They communicate your preferences to a web server
  • They pass small bits of information back and forth to help establish a session between your web browser and their web server
  • This session information is stored on your hard drive in a file called cookies.txt

Cookies information is used to set up connection information about your search session. The alternative to cookies stored on your computer would be storing this information on the database computers, where you would have no control over what it might be used for or how long it is kept.

For more information about cookies, see the Unofficial Cookies FAQ, available at

Note: As cookies are just a text file there is no known instance of the cookies.txt file being used to transmit a computer virus.

What resources require cookies?

Most licensed resources require cookies to be enabled. If you have cookies disabled, this will cause problems with these resources. Resources that are known to require cookies are…

  • Any ProQuest database, including ProQuest Research Library and ABI/Inform
  • Any EBSCO database, including Academic Search
  • Any NISC Biblioline database
  • American Chemical Society journals (when you download PDF files)
  • PINET (Physics Information Network)
  • and many more…

If you have privacy concerns about the use of cookies, turn them on before using licensed resources and then turn them off again when finished. You can also locate the cookies.txt file on your hard drive and delete it when finished.

How do you clear your cookie file?

To clear your browser's cookie file, follow the instructions for your browser on this DoIT page.

(See on the effects of deleting your cookie file.)

What you'll see

When you attempt to use resources from off-campus you will be directed to a login screen. The screenshots below are images and not functioning Web pages.

The screen you see when you hit something that requires a login is this login screen. An example of this is a link to Academic Search or Proquest Research Library.

If you click on "Login With Your NetID" you will see this NetID log in screen.

Some resources, such as the E-Resource Gateway, PubMed, and the E-Journals List, allow guest access and don't require you to log in. If you choose to access a resource that allows guest access, you will see this guest access login screen.

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