Connect from Off-Campus

Connect from Off-Campus

Connect from Off-Campus

Using the library's Resources from off-campus: KSU Proxy

Off-campus (or remote) access to the University Libraries’ electronic resources is provided through a service known as KSU Proxy. In Fall 2016, KSU Proxy replaced the KSU VPN as the preferred method for remote library access. KSU Proxy allows users to securely connect to databases, electronic journals, ebooks, and streaming media services without installing complicated third-party software. When you attempt to access library content from off campus, you’re prompted to enter your FlashLine username and password after which you’re connected. It’s that easy.




Why do I need KSU Proxy?

Many of the databases, electronic journals, ebooks, and streaming media services to which the University Libraries subscribe are governed by license agreements that restrict access to current Kent State University  students, faculty, and staff ONLY.

Most content vendors control access to their resources  by limiting it to computers on campus. KSU Proxy serves as an intermediary by passing information between off-campus users and restricted resources. In other words, it verifies for the vendor that you are a current student,  faculty, or staff member entitled to access even though you are not on campus.


What do I have to do to use KSU Proxy?

Begin your research as the Library's website. All links to journals, databases, ebooks, etc. on the University Libraries' website are automatically configured for KSU Proxy. The KSU Proxy requires no configuration on the user’s part. In fact, all you need to use KSU Proxy is your FlashLine user name and password.


How does KSU Proxy work?

The connection to KSU Proxy is coded within the links to databases, electronic journals, ebooks and media on the library’s web pages and in KentLINK. When you click on a link to an online resource, KSU Proxy checks whether your computer is on or off campus.

  • If you’re on campus, you’ll bypass KSU Proxy and be sent directly to the resource.
  • If you’re off campus, you’ll be presented a Kent State University login page and prompted to enter your FlashLine username and password. Once entered, you’ll be linked to the resource.


Will links to library resources I have in assignments on Blackboard still work?

No, they need to be re-written to include the prefix for the proxy. This prefix prompts the user for their FlashLine user name and password. Add the following to the beginning of your link to prepend it for KSU Proxy:


Will my bookmarks to journals and databases still work?

Only if you are on campus using a device connected to the Kent State wired or wireless network. No, if you are off campus.  Links on the Library's web site direct Internet traffic through KSU Proxy to check if you are on campus or off. If you have bookmarks that you regularly use from off campus, you should visit the resource from off campus through the Library's site and resave those bookmarks. Links bookmarked from off campus will work on campus, but not vice versa. In order to help you with this process, we have built the tool located in the left margin of this page. Simply paste the link from your old bookmark in the textbox and click Proxy It! The tool will output a new, proxied link that will work from off-campus. Visit this link and re-bookmark it or copy and paste this link as your new bookmark.


Why the change from KSU VPN?

Some find the KSU VPN complicated to use, requiring users to download and install software for access. KSU Proxy requires none of that. Furthermore, users have to remember to login before accessing the  Library’s resources. KSU Proxy prompts you to login only when necessary.


Is KSU VPN still an option for off-campus access?

The new FortiClient VPN can be used in the following situations:

  • KSU Proxy service is down or unavailable
  • You already have the FortiClient VPN installed and configured
  • You need to access your network drives remotely
  • You access other Kent State University systems that require the use of the VPN

Complete instructions for downloading and installing the FortiClient VPN are available through Tech Help.


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