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Help: Off Campus Access

Using your Rush account to access the library's online resources

Members of the Rush community may access most library resources (e.g., PubMed, CINAHL, eBooks, ILLiad, etc.) from off campus with their Rush username and password.

To access materials, start at the Library of Rush University Medical Center's home page. Click the link to the resource you need, and you will be prompted for your username and password. Once you have entered your information, you will be taken to the resource.

Use your Rush account for off-campus access to library resources

Students, residents, faculty and employees of Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley Family Medicine residents are automatically granted access to the library's online resources and do not need to complete an application or request access. 

If you are a Rush-Copley Family Medicine resident or a Rush student, faculty member, resident or employee, the proxy server will accept your Rush single sign-on credentials. These are the same credentials you use for your Rush email (@rush.edu), your on-campus PC, the University Portal, My Apps, or RUMC Epic access. If you have a working login for one of these services but aren’t able to access a specific library resource, please contact the Library Services Desk by phone at (312) 942-5950, by chat, or by email at lib_ref@rush.edu for assistance using it. If you cannot remember your Rush information (email address or password), please contact the Help Desk by phone at (312) 563-2527 (or 3-CLAS from any campus phone).

Rush University Medical Center staff should call (312) 942-4357 (or 2-HELP from any house phone).

As the library uses Rush single sign-on for all resources, our staff cannot reset your Rush password.

Preparing off-campus links to library resources

When preparing links that will be provided to off-campus users, it's important to make sure that the user is given an opportunity to log in with their Rush username and password. Otherwise, they may be denied access, prompted to purchase the content, offered the option to log in with a personal account which they do not have, or experience other confusing behavior. 

This is done by adding a prefix to the link that directs it through EZproxy or OpenAthens, which will ask the user to sign in with their Rush username and password, and then work their magic in the background. 

The library is happy to provide assistance with off campus access to our resources. Please contact us with any questions about EZproxy or OpenAthens, proxied and redirected links, or any other aspect of this topic.

OpenAthens and 'redirected' links

Rush's OpenAthens redirector link generator:

https://go.openathens.net/generate/rush.edu/71962721

EZproxy and 'proxied' links

EZproxy is invoked by adding a prefix to the resource's URL. Unlike OpenAthens, there is no link generator.

Rush's EZproxy prefix is:

https://login.ezproxy.rush.edu/login?url=

For example, the following is a link to “4.3.8 Lining of the nasal cavity,” a video in Acland's Anatomy. For most on-campus users, the following link is sufficient:

https://aclandanatomy.com/MultimediaPlayer.aspx?multimediaId=10528401

However, this link won’t work for off campus users, who would be denied access. In order for Rush users to sign in and use this link from off campus, the EZproxy prefix must be added. With the prefix, the full URL would be:

https://login.ezproxy.rush.edu/login?url=https://aclandanatomy.com/MultimediaPlayer.aspx?multimediaId=10528401

Important notes and exceptions:

  1. Only resources purchased by Rush can to be proxied; as a rule of thumb, it is only appropriate to invoke EZproxy cases where an off-campus user would be denied access or promopted to purchase access. If the EZproxy prefix is added to a website that EZproxy is not configured to use, it will result in an error message. 
  2. Be sure that you aren’t providing (or prefixing) URLs that have already been rewritten to pass through EZproxy. Proxied links will have a domain (the part of the URL immediately following https://) that ends with ezproxy.rush.edu. Using the example above, the proxied domain for Acland's Anatomy would be aclandanatomy-com.ezproxy.rush.edu. Note that links copied from your browser when accessing resources from off campus (and many on-campus locations) are likely to be proxied. 
  3. There's no need to prefix "friendly" links from the library's website. Friendly URLs begin with https://rushu.libguides.com. For example, the friendly link to CINAHL is https://rushu.libguides.com/cinahl.

Rush EZproxy Bookmarklet

If use a link in an email alert, RSS feed or a non-Rush website, the link may not have the Rush University Library proxy prefix. The proxy prefix routes your request through a Rush IP address, allowing the publisher to identify you as a Rush user. When it is absent, you may be asked to purchase articles even if they are covered by Rush's subscriptions.

Drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar → Reload through Rush

If you reach one of Rush's IP-authenticated resources from a non-Rush IP address, clicking the bookmarklet will attempt to re-load the page through Rush's proxy server. Note that reloading non-Rush resources with this tool will result in an error message; it can only work when reloading a domain that the proxy server has been configured to use.  

Maps and Directions

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