Off-site Access to E-Resources

The AMNH Library utilizes a proxy server that allows members of the AMNH community to access almost all of the Library's electronic resources from off-site.

To utilize the proxy server, follow these steps:

  1. From the Library's website choose the resource you want to access: either a citation or full-text database, an e-journal, or an online reference source.
  2. If it is a free resource you will be able to click on it for direct access. If you click on a licensed resource, you may first encounter a window asking if you want to accept the site's security certificate. Click on selections to accept the certificate and make the acceptance permanent -- by making the acceptance permanent you will avoid this step in the future. The exact procedure for accepting the certificate will vary depending on the operating system (Mac, Windows, etc.) and browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).
  3. Next you will see a screen prompting you to enter your user name and password from your AMNH email account. Do not enter your entire email address, just the part that comes before the @ symbol (so leave off: Also, do not enter an alias user name. Once you have entered the appropriate user name and password, click “submit query.”
  4. Depending on your browser, you may see a “Security Alert,” “Security Information,” or “Security Warning” window. Click “Continue” or “OK”. You should now have access to the resource.

Need More Help?

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about the proxy server the Reference staff will be happy to walk you through it. Please email Library Reference or call the reference desk at (212)769-5400.