Almost all library online resources are available to everyone via on-campus computers. From off-campus, because of licensing agreements, most online resources are only available to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Login for off-campus use of resources using your NetID/OIT Account username and password.
Following are common problems with accessing library resources. For issues not addressed here, please email the Libraries' dbhelp service, staffed during normal business hours.
Users of non-updated Internet Explorer as well as several other browsers including Firefox will receive a security warning message upon first connection to library resources from off-campus. We apologize for this change by one of our vendors, which is beyond our control. Please accept the exception to the certificate. Send questions to email@example.com
This is an indication of too tight security or other issues on your workstation or network. Turn off any VPN client you have running. Disable accelerators. You must also set the browser you use for library resources to accept cookies. If networked, check with your network administrator.
For security reasons, staff in the Libraries don't have access to NetID/OIT account information. Information on accounts and passwords and help contacts can be found at:NetID Info
This means the library's configuration file which provides off-campus access is missing a line.
Some vendors add the prefix which enables off-campus linking to alerts, some don't. If the links you are provided with don't start with: http://silk.library.umass.edu/login?url= they won't work off-campus. You can try adding the prefix. For help email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you bookmark deep links inside resources, you are sometimes bypassing the authentication step from off-campus and won't be recognized as coming from UMass. You can try adding the prefix http://silk.library.umass.edu/login?url= to the front of your bookmark URL. Or you may have to bookmark at a higher level in the resource.
One solution is to have a second browser you use only for library resources. Set this browser up with lower security (no firewall, no popup blocker, cookies enabled) and don't use it to surf the Web.
Vendor's servers go down, there are errors in subscription renewals, we might miss a required URL change. Please report these problems to email@example.com so we can get them resolved.
For problems not covered here, email dbhelp.