Limestone University Library is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic resource authentication system. If you have ever tried to access a journal article, eBook, or database from off-campus, you have used an authentication system to access the material. The old system, EZ Proxy, is being replaced by a new system called OpenAthens that is integrated with Google. This guide will explain what OpenAthens is and how users can create links that work with OpenAthens.
OpenAthens is a cloud-based single sign-on system that allows users to access electronic resources such as journal articles, ebooks, and databases at the Limestone University Library. We've integrated OpenAthens with Google to sign in through your Limestone University account.
EZ Proxy is a self-hosted proxy server that allows users to access electronic resources at Limestone University Library. EZ Proxy authenticates users and routes their traffic to publishers' websites through an on-campus IP address to access electronic resources.
You can create OpenAthens links that will allow off-campus users to access electronic resources that Limestone University provides access to.
If you're a faculty or staff member at Limestone University, you may have to create links to electronic resources for course materials. OpenAthens and EZ Proxy both use redirector links to route users to electronic resources, but the links are created in different ways.
Proxy redirector link example for Films On Demand
OpenAthens redirector link example for Films On Demand
https://go.openathens.net/redirector/limestone.edu?url=[Encoded destination URL]
We recommend using the OpenAthens link generator tool to create links. It is important to keep in mind that not all resources support this kind of targeted page-specific linking with the redirector. For example, If you enter a book chapter URL in JSTOR, OpenAthens will redirect you to the book's table of contents.