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Using Electronic Library Resources Remotely

Tips for using electronic library resources from remote locations and common solutions for access errors.

Proxy Generator

To prompt for MyID authentication, most links to content from UGA Libraries include extra text that routes your connection through a proxy server. This text will usually include "," though there are variations.

These links provide an example of how regular links and proxied links may differ in appearance and behavior.
Communication Quarterly, regular link:
Communication Quarterly, proxied link:

If you have the regular URL for content that you think UGA may have in full text, you can put it into the proxy link generator at the bottom of this guide to create a new link that includes the proxy information.

Please Note: if the content is not something UGA affiliates can access, adding proxy information will not allow full text access. Attempting to access content via such links will often return an EZ Proxy error. Other pages may load without an error, but full text will not be available.

Google Scholar Library Links

Our dedicated Google Scholar search should return results that link to much of our online content, and sometimes will have direct links to freely available content as well. Look for "View it @ UGA" and be prepared to authenticate with your MyID credentials when prompted.

You can also configure Google Scholar to automatically provide the same links even when searching their site directly. You will need to be logged into your Google, Chrome, or Gmail account for the settings to remain persistent across work sessions. From

1. Click on the three stacked horizontal lines at the top left side of the page.
2. Click on "Settings" from the list on the left.
3. Click on "Library Links" from the list on the left.
4. Enter "University of Georgia" (without quotes) in the search box and click the magnifying glass to the right.
5. Check the box next to "University of Georgia - View it @ UGA," then hit Save.


vLab is a virtual desktop provided by UGA. It has a consistent suite of software and is accessible from any web browser. At present, using a web browser from within vLab emulates on-campus access of library resources. It is best to configure your personal device for successful access, but vLab is a valuable back up option when troubleshooting starts to run long and your work still needs to get done. Please visit this EITS overview of vLab to view included software and detailed steps instructions for access.


UGA provides access to a VPN (virtual private network) for users at This tool can make using public WiFi more secure, and allows secure access to tools used by specific UGA departments. The VPN does NOT provide automatic access to electronic resources via UGA Libraries. Even if you are logged into the VPN, regular MyID authentication is required.