During the current crisis it is good idea to use VPN as little as possible, so that the whole of the UvA community is better able to work online. This is particularly important for library sources, because in most cases, VPN is actually not necessary.
Here are some common issues and how to work around them. If these tips don’t work, contact your subject librarian: Both the librarians and the IT department are working very hard to keep everything up and running and if something isn’t functioning properly we’d like to know because you are probably not the only one with this problem:
- The database does not work without VPN: Access the database through the database selector: https://databases.uba.uva.nl/ . Is the database you want to use not in the list? Then you’ll need VPN (remember to turn it off after you’re done)
- The links to articles in the database don’t direct me to a website where I can access the PDF without VPN: always look for (and click on) UvA-linker. Several databases offer more links to full-text than just UvA-linker, but these often don’t work outside the UvA-domain (it cannot hurt to try, though).
- I want to share a link that won’t provide access to the full text without VPN: (this is a common problem for teachers, and the text below is adjusted for that. But feel free to replace ‘students’ with any other group or person)
There are several ways to work around this;
- CataloguePlus: Look up the article in CataloguePlus (https://lib.uva.nl ) and copy the permalink. If students access the article through this link, they will be prompted to log into the UvA-domain and then they can access the article. Test this in advance, and if the link does not work, contact your subject librarian
- Google Scholar: First, let the students set up UvA-linker in Google Scholar:
- click on the triple bar icon at the top left
- click Settings
- select Library links (left margin)
- enter Amsterdam and click the magnifying glass
- checkmark the University of Amsterdam and click Save
This will enable UvA-linker within Google Scholar. Have the students look up the article. Once they find it, they can click on UvA-linker and access the article
- Databases: Direct students towards the database-selector and have them look up the article through the database.
Example: the book is accessible through the database ‘ebook collection(EBSCOhost)’. Please access the database from here: https://databases.uba.uva.nl/#labelE
- Get a permalink to the article from a database: this only works if the permalink includes an extra bit of technology to log into the UvA-domain (EZproxy). Not all databases include EZproxy in their permalinks, so the easiest way to check this without technical knowledge, is to just try out the link outside the UvA domain (1. turn off your VPN, 2. open a different browser like Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer and 3. copy paste the link)