Library Tip: Accessing Databases Off Campus with VPN

November 11, 2014

Dear Students:

Are you headed out of town for the holiday breaks? Do you like to study from your apartment on cold Saturday mornings? If so, you can still access all of the Law Library’s (and University Library’s) electronic databases, journals, and ebooks – from anywhere in the world!

When you’re on campus, you can access library resources by connecting to the Yale Secure wireless network. You can get the same effect from any internet connection using VPN or Virtual Private Network. This software sets up a secure connection from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to the Yale network from any internet connection.

You’ll need to install the software on your device once, then open the connection back to Yale each time you want to do research using library materials. Detailed installation instructions and support are available from Yale ITS.

Almost all of the library’s eresources are accessible by connecting to the Yale VPN.  A handful of specialized law databases require special usernames and passwords to log-in and the information can be found in YLS Inside Library Database Passwords folder. Your Lexis, Bloomberg, and Westlaw passwords will work without VPN, as will your New York Times and Financial Times logins. The HeinOnline app also offers off-site access without VPN, but requires a brief setup while you are on campus. Hein provides instructions for doing this.

As always, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk or ITS at the ITS HelpDesk on L2 for assistance with any connection questions or issues.


Your Law Library

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