Photograph: Student reading, South/Southeast Asia Library Menu: Help
Search:     Advanced search
Browse by category:
Glossary | Contact Us



The proxy server has changed - how and why?

Views: 4688
Posted: 03 May, 2012
by: Kupersmith J.
Updated: 04 Jun, 2012
by: Weber L.

In April 2012, the library made major changes to its proxy server, used for off-campus access to journal article databases and other licensed electronic resources.  These changes prevent unauthorized access to licensed resources, improve efficiency, and also simplify setup requirements in most cases.

For most users, the change is transparent

The existing proxy URLs in current users' web browser settings will continue to work.  For new users, revised setup instructions now give a single URL to use, whether they prefer the CalNet or Patron/PIN login method.  A combined login screen provides a choice between these two methods.

Here's what may affect you

(1)
The new proxy server requires that your web browser accept all cookies, including "third party cookies."  If you would prefer not to do this, there are several alternatives:

  • Configure your browser to delete cookies on exit, and exit at the end of each web browsing session. You can also delete cookies manually whenever you like.  Here are instructions for Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Safari for iPad.
  • Use a different browser when you access licensed resources. Configure it to use the proxy, and to accept all cookies.
  • In a browser that supports profiles, like Firefox, configure one profile for proxy use with all cookies allowed, and one for other use.
  • Instead of the proxy server, use the VPN (Virtual Private Network) system.

(2)
To improve security, those using the Patron/PIN login method will now need to enter the email address associated with their library account.  If you're not sure which email address you use for this purpose, log into My OskiCat and use the address displayed there.

(3)
As with the previous proxy server, databases whose URLs begin with "https" will return an error message, unless you first visit an "http" resource such as the Oxford English Dictionary (http://www.oed.com/).  The affected databases include:

Chinese Ancient Texts, CINDAS databases, CQ California Political Almanac, Frost and Sullivan, Thomson ONE, Thomson Research Investext, VentureXpert

For more information

» Proxy Server Troubleshooting
» Connecting from Off Campus

To report a problem

If you encounter issues not resolved with the information above, please report them using this form.

Others in this Category
document How do I access library resources from off campus?
document Where are the instructions for setting up the proxy server?
document What is the proxy server?
document Why do I have to configure my browser to accept cookies?
document Does the browser have to accept even third-party cookies?
document Who is eligible to use the proxy server?
document Which resources can I use through the proxy server?
document Will the proxy server work with my Internet connection?
document Will the proxy server slow down my connection?
document Can I use the proxy server from behind a firewall?
document Will other people who share my computer also be able to use the proxy server?
document Will the proxy server monitor my regular Internet use?
document Which web browser should I use for the proxy server?
document If I have two browsers installed, do I have to configure both of them to use the proxy service?
document Do I have to set up my browser to use the proxy server every time I surf the web?
document How do I turn off the Automatic Proxy Configuration setting?
document What if I need to use another proxy server?
document How will I know when to use the proxy server?
document When I try to access a website, I'm prompted for a username and password. What do I use?
document Why does the proxy server sometimes ask me to log in when I'm not accessing a licensed library resource?
document Why do I see warnings about going from secure to insecure (and vice versa) connections when logging into the proxy server with my CalNet ID?
document Why do I have trouble using my browser's "Back" button beyond the CalNet login screen for the proxy server?
document After logging into the proxy server via CalNet, why do I sometimes see a window with a "Connect to Resource" button?
document What do I do when asked to log into the proxy server within a resource that uses frames?
document Why would a licensed resource lose all of its page formatting?
document How do I remove the Library proxy from my browser?
document How do I access a URL that begins with https?
document Can a laptop configured with a static UC Berkeley IP use the proxy?
document I followed the setup instructions, why haven't my configuration changes taken effect?
document Why does the proxy server reject my username and password?
document The proxy server is working very slowly. What should I do?



RSS

Frequently asked questions (link) Contact us (link) Disability resources (link) Guides (link) Tutorials (link) Connecting from off campus (link) Research help (link) Library workshops and tours (link) Find Information (link) About the Libraries (link) Services (link) Library Catalogs (link) Home (link)