EZproxy

EZproxy is the Library’s web proxy server. Most links from the Library website to fee-based websites pass through EZproxy. These subscription websites contain e-journals, e-books and databases.

EZproxy enables access to fee-based websites to which the Library subscribes. If you access these sites directly, they may ask you to pay money, take out a subscription, or log in with a username and password specific to their site.

When you access these sites using links from the Library website, the connection passes through EZproxy. The website trusts that any access via EZproxy is from a member of the University or its Library. For this reason, you must log in for EZproxy access.


Technical details

EZproxy is a URL-rewriting proxy server. A proxy server sits somewhere on the route between the computer you are using and the web server you access, ie, it acts as a proxy for the web server. You connect to EZproxy and EZproxy connects to the website. Links from the Library website that go through EZproxy have the following address prefixed to the normal URL (web address):

http://ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login?url=

EZproxy then rewrites the normal URL, adding “.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz” to the hostname in the URL.

For example:

Normal URL
http://search.informit.com.au/search;res=APAFT
Link from the Library website
http://ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login?url=http://search.informit.com.au/search;res=APAFT
Rewritten URL
http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/search;res=APAFT

EZproxy then similarly rewrites any other URLs in the page, providing the URLs are at a site that has been set up in the Library's EZproxy. Accessing Google Scholar (GS) through the CONNECT button on the Library's Google Scholar page illustrates this. The link from the button passes through EZproxy (although GS itself is not a fee-based site). Searches in GS produce links to many different websites and the EZproxy server rewrites these links to include ".ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz" (if the website is set up in EZproxy). If a website is not set up in EZproxy, either because the Library does not subscribe to it or because it is a free site, a link to it will not be rewritten and if you follow the link, your connection will "drop out" of EZproxy.


Frequently asked questions

  • I found a fee-based website – can I access it through EZproxy?

    Typically this happens when using a search engine that indexes journal articles. Google, for example, indexes articles in JSTOR. You can add "http://ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login?url=" (without the quotation marks) to the front of the URL. Providing the site is set up in EZproxy, this should give you access.

  • Google Scholar finds many fee-based sites – isn't there an easier way than manually adding bits to the URLs?

    Yes, you can access it through EZproxy from the outset by going through our Google Scholar page here on the Library website.

  • Why does a link from the Library website not go through EZproxy, even though other links to the same fee-based web host do go through EZproxy?

    On Library web pages, the EZproxy prefix of http://ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login?url= is usually added by a javascript. It may be that the javascript has inadvertently been omitted from the page. There should be a contact email address at the bottom of the page. You can use that to notify the person responsible about the problem.

  • Why would access to a website start going through EZproxy but then "drop out" of EZproxy while still at the same site?

    The site may contain a redirection through a different web host that has not been set up in EZproxy because the Library doesn’t know about it. If you think this may be the case, you can email digital.services@auckland.ac.nz explaining the situation and asking for investigation. We might be able to fix it.

  • Why would a link from the Library website that used to go through EZproxy no longer do so?

    Sometimes website providers make changes to their sites and don’t inform the Library. You can email digital.services@auckland.ac.nz explaining the situation and asking for investigation.

  • Why does a link from the Library website to a fee-based site not go through EZproxy? I am certain the Library subscribes to it.

    Occasionally the Library misses setting up a site in EZproxy. You can email digital.services@auckland.ac.nz asking for it to be checked.

  • What proxy URL should I put in Papers (a Mac program from Mekentosj)?

    See Papers in Access to Electronic Resources.


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