If you are just starting to search for articles, you can use the library proxy server by starting from the library homepage. You can search using the Omni search box (on the library homepage), or you can access a database like Scopus or Web of Science from the 'Databases A-Z' list. Or, you can use one of the links elsewhere in this research guide!
If there is a database you use often, like Scopus or Web of Science, you can bookmark the library link by right-clicking on the link on the Databases page.
You can also use the university VPN client if you are a graduate student, or an employee. As a graduate student, you must submit a request to university IT to obtain access, and then download the Cisco AnyConnect client to your computer or mobile device and follow the instructions on the page. Once this is set up and logged in, you can read articles and use databases directly using any link you have (without having to follow the instructions below).
If you have already found an article online, but can't read the full article without paying, there are a few possible quick solutions. Start with option 1, and if that doesn't work, move on to the next one.
1. Try using the proxy link-creator on the library website. Just copy the URL of the article or e-book, and go to this page (which you can also get to from the library homepage under 'Connect from off-campus'). Paste in the URL into the first box on the page, click 'Make an off-campus link' and then click 'View' below. You will then be asked for your uOttawa username and password.
2. If you still can't read it, search the title of the article in the Omni search box on the library home page.
4. If it's an older paper (from the 1990s or earlier), try searching for the name of the journal/conference in Omni (not the article title). We may have the publication in print, but without a list of the individual articles.
5. If none of these work, you can submit a request for us to electronically borrow the article for you, using another library - or you can email me for help.
Rather than using the off-campus access link-maker every time you come across a subscription article, you can use a special bookmarklet in your browser.
On desktop, it's easiest to left-click and drag this link, uO Proxy, to the bookmarks bar of your browser.