Libraries

EZproxy FAQs

The switch of the UC Library EZproxy server is now complete and library links can be updated. The following FAQs will provide step-by-step instructions for updating your links and assistance if any errors are encountered. 

EZproxy is a tool used to authenticate access to UC Library resources through third party vendors. It’s also referred to as “the proxy” or “off campus access.” 

UC Libraries has moved to a new EZproxy tool which requires existing links to be updated to maintain consistent access. All links, including bookmarks, links in Canvas, on websites, etc., to these resources will need to be updated in order to maintain consistent access.  

No, only links from third party vendor library resources need to be updated. This can include journals, ebooks, articles, databases and streaming resources. They will need to be updated regardless of how they are accessed (e.g. Canvas, websites, bookmarks, etc.). 

If the resource is free, or the library does not pay for it, the link does not need require the EZproxy tool to access and will not need to be updated. 

If the word “proxy” is present in the link at all, your link will be no longer work after December 31, 2021 and will need to be updated. 

If “oclc” is in the URL, that is likely a new link and does not need to be updated. 

There are two easy ways to update your links: 

Using the Proxy Converter tool

  1. Look for the word “proxy” in the URL 
    1. e.g. http://uclid.uc.edu.proxy.libraries.uc.edu/record=b7845410~S39
  2. If link contains “proxy,” use the Proxy Converter to create a new link 
  3. Copy the new link and use it to replace the former link 
  4. Check the new link to make sure it opens the library resource 
  5. If you encounter an error, please refer to other FAQs for possible solutions or submit an error report

Refind the Resource

  1. Look for the word proxy in the URL 
    1. e.g. http://uclid.uc.edu.proxy.libraries.uc.edu/record=b7845410~S39
  2. If your link contains “proxy,” navigate to the UC Library website and search the appropriate database or catalog for your item 
  3. Find the permalink. (Information on finding permalinks is available on the Permalinks page of the Library Resources in Canvas guide). 
  4. If the permalink has “oclc” in it, proceed to Step 7 
    1. e.g. https://uclid.uc.edu.uc.idm.oclc.org/record=b7845410~S39
  5. If the permalink does not have “oclc” in it, use the Proxy Generator to create a new link and proceed to Step 7 
  6. If the permalink still has the word “proxy” in it, see the Using the Proxy Converter tool instructions above and please report the database. 
  7. Copy the new link and use it to replace the former link 
  8. Check the new link to make sure it opens the library resource 
  9. If you encounter an error, please refer to other FAQs for possible solutions or submit an error

The link validation tool in Canvas will quickly identify any broken proxy links.

To use this tool:

  1. Navigate to the course you’d like to check links
  2. In the Course Menu, click Settings
  3. On the right-hand side of the Settings page, click the Validate Links in Content link
  4. Click the Start Link Validation button. Depending on the size of the course, this may take awhile
  5. From the report, you can see if any links are broken and jump to the course page to fix them.
  6. Refer to the FAQs for help addressing broken links

No. You will need your UC credentials (6+2 and password and DUO two factor authorization) to access third-party vendor library resources whether on campus or off campus. We recommend checking bookmarks or favorites (on browsers, mobile devices, etc.) to ensure they are up to date.

Yes, with a few exceptions. For troubleshooting and help, please visit the DUO Knowledge Base article.

Please submit an error report. For immediate help, contact your library liaison.  

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