Electronic Resources - Off-Campus Access

Accessing databases and electronic resources off campus:

To access electronic resources from off campus, you should go to the Libraries' homepage and search for the title of the resource. You can search the catalog using the "Books & Media" radio button. For articles, click the "Articles" radio button to search in Summon. If you would like to access a specific database or journal from off campus, use the buttons for "Databases" or "Journal Titles" under the homepage search bar.

Even if you use the VPN when away from campus, vendors hosting subscription resources will still consider you to be off-campus. Navigating to electronic resources through the Libraries' website will ensure you get access to our subscriptions.

Screenshot of the Libraries home page, with the Databases and Journals buttons circled in blue

Accessing the journal or database from the Libraries' website allows you to authenticate your account with us which provides access to the resource. Students, faculty, and staff use their Unity IDs. Centennial Campus University Affiliates, Friends of the Libraries, retired faculty, and OLLI students use their Borrower IDs.

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Some of the NC State University Libraries' electronic resources are available remotely only to the core NC State University community of faculty, staff, and students in accordance with the most current terms of the license governing the particular resource. For most electronic resources, individuals not authorized by the license to connect to a specific resource from off campus may access the resource via computers located at Hill, Hunt, Veterinary Medicine or Design Libraries. The NC State University Libraries updates its authentication system periodically in accordance with its many license agreements. For this reason, users may experience occasional changes in their ability to access certain resources. Alternatively, the NC State University Libraries offer document delivery services for materials in our collections.