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STEM - General Research Guide: VPN (Off-Campus Access) and Campus Wifi


If you are in a program that does not grant access to the licensed electronic resources via VPN or the campus wifi, you can still use most of them onsite within the library.

The Library licenses thousands of electronic resources, including databases, ebooks, and journals. Many of these are not available to the general public. Off-campus, you must use VPN to access them. This identifies you as a UC San Diego student who can use these resources. Otherwise, you could be prompted to login to these sites, or asked to pay for content, which we do not want you to do. 

Below is a short video that will walk you through the process of installing and using the AnyConnect VPN client to access the online databases, ebooks, and journals from off campus. You can download the VPN client from https://library.ucsd.edu/computing-and-technology/connect-from-off-campus/index.html. VPN also requires the Duo 2-Step Login (more about using Duo with VPN). NOTE: The video is based on a VPN installation for Windows 10; it may look different with other operating systems, particularly on mobile devices.

2-Step Secured - Althruucsd

When running the VPN, make sure that the Group setting is on 2 Step Secured - Althruucsd. This is the only option from the list that will actually connect you to our licensed online resources. If you can read this PDF, then you have VPN set correctly.