Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020     Views: 154

What is a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is used to establish a secure link from a remote computer to services at the University. If you need a VPN connection to access a service, you will need to start the VPN each time you wish to use that service.

Do I need a VPN when I am working on campus?

No, you do not need to use a VPN. The most reliable way of getting access to the online books and articles you need is to log into MUSE and search using StarPlus. However, when you’re working on campus many suppliers of online material recognise that you’re associated with the University (as students or staff) from your computer’s IP address. This means that even if you are not logged into MUSE or using StarPlus you will often be granted access to online books, journals and databases directly from their websites. 

Working from home or away from the University?

When you are working away from the University suppliers do not automatically know you are a member of the University. The most reliable way of accessing library material off-campus is to just log in to MUSE and find the material you need through StarPlus so that suppliers recognise you as a member of the University. You will not need to use a VPN to access library resources unless in exceptional circumstances.

For instance, if there is an issue with one of our resources that directs you to use VPN to obtain access then you will need to set up a VPN. One example is the ASTM Standards & Engineering Digital library. Using the VPN means your computer will be part of the University’s network and will be recognised by our suppliers.

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