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When should I use the proxy server or VPN?

Most electronic resources are licensed by the Library from companies in business for profit. The terms of our contracts with these companies stipulate that the Library allow only UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff to use these materials.

Consequently, when you are off campus you will not be able to access many of the online journals and databases that you could access while on campus, unless you use proxied links found in Library websites (OskiCat, A-Z Databases, LibGuides, Library website) or use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Note: For technical and contractual reasons there may be some resources that are not accessible from off campus at all.

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