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.
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):
EZproxy then rewrites the normal URL, adding “.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz”
to the hostname in the URL.
- Normal URL
- Link from the Library website
- Rewritten URL
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
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.
- I found a fee-based website – can I access it through
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=
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?
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
asking for it to be checked.
- Do links to URLs that start with https (rather than http)
go through EZproxy?
Yes they do. Access is through port 9443, which may be blocked by some corporate firewalls. For more info, see Why can't I access some resources from my workplace?
- What proxy URL should I put in Papers (a Mac program from Mekentosj)?
See Papers in Access to Electronic Resources.
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