Most of you know that you can access almost any of our databases or e-books from home. There are 2 different ways: the Library Proxy or the Virtual Private Network, each with a set of pros and cons. (You can link to them from the link in the upper right hand corner of most library pages -- in the blue stripe -- at the link "Remote Logon." But more about that later.)
|Virtual Private Network (VPN)||Library Proxy|
|Download & install small piece of software to your computer||Login each time you go to library page|
|Then, each time you return to the library website, open the software again and allow it to connect to the library proxy.||Must click on links to navigate through pages|
|Can navigate off library website and back on again||Using the back button or the address bar will knock you off the proxy|
|Can enter databases from other websites, email links, or software (EndNotes)||Can not link to databases from emails, WebCT, webpages|
Basically, you have more freedom when using the Virtual Private Network and fewer concerns about being knocked off the proxy. Furthermore, it's actually more secure for the library. However, if you'll only use a particular computer once, you might still want to use the Library Proxy.
So here's the deal. Here's more information about the VPN -- at the upper, left-hand corner of the page. If you're convinced, download the VPN. You'll need your GatorLink ID and password. There are versions for Windows and MACs. Contact me with any questions you have. If I can't answer them, I'll find someone who can. And enjoy easy surfing through the library resources from home, Taiwan, or Iceland!