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OhioLINK Authentication Service: How It Works

Easy Access to OhioLINK Research Databases from a Private Internet Service Provider

How does it work?

1. You can connect to the OhioLINK Research Databases from - you will need to search for databases by Subject, Type or Name. (Note the prompt to log in for access to restricted services...)

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2. If you have not yet been authenticated, any OhioLINK page you go to will have a "Log in now to access restricted services" link.

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3. After you select "Log in now to access restricted services" on the previous screen, you are taken to an Institution Selection Form.

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Select "Kent State University" and click the "Submit" button.

4. Note that the Institution Selection Form leads to an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page about the OhioLINK Authentication Service.

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5. Next you must fill in your Name and Social Security Number in the OhioLINK Authentication Form. This form appears right after the Institution Selection Form.  [NOTE: PIN no longer required.]

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6. At this point, the OhioLINK Authentication System checks you against the KentLINK Patron Database and sends a cookie to your browser that allows you access to the OhioLINK Research Databases.

If everything has worked correctly, you then see this page indicating that you have been successfully authenticated.

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7. Please note that the various OhioLINK database lists like these indicate with the OhioLINK icon whether or not the individual database is available via the OhioLINK Authentication System.

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8. Return to the Overview Page for the OhioLINK Authentication System.