Remote Access to Online Resources

Remote access to the library’s collections of web-based resources is available for current Stony Brook faculty, students, and staff. Dial-up, DSL, and cable modem access are supported.

The easiest way to connect to library licensed resources from off campus is through searches on the library website and databases. When accessing a resource, you will be asked to enter your NetID and password.

Troubleshooting Access Problems

If you have trouble accessing particular materials, it may be an issue with the url. Try adding our proxy string to the beginning of your url and you should be prompted to log in. You may also add the proxy string if you are accessing resources outside of the library website.

You can add the string via either of two methods:

Manually – Add the proxy string  before your url
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Automatic – Add the Proxy This script by dragging this link to your browser’s bookmark bar:

If the bookmarks bar is not visible in your browser, you can try to enable it under the menu Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks bar.

Next, have your web browser on the resource site, then click “SBU Libraries Proxy This” on your bookmark bar.
See this in action 

If you are having trouble with your url, please verify that that Library subscribes to it by going to the library website and databases

If you are having further trouble Ask Us! 

Report a Problem with Library Resources

NetID and Password

If you don’t know what your NetID and password are, check your SOLAR account. Log into SOLAR using your Stony Brook ID number and SOLAR password. (If you don’t have a SOLAR password, follow the information on the SOLAR entry page to get one.)

Once you’re logged into SOLAR, go to the “NetID information” section and select the options to view your NetID and to set your NetID password. See the Division of Information Technology website for more information about NetID.

Report a Problem with your NetID/Password (DoIT)

Use Restrictions

Most electronic journals and the resources listed on the A-Z Databases page are subject to a variety of restrictions on access and use. While access from on campus is, in most cases, available to all, remote access is restricted to current Stony Brook faculty, students, and staff, as required by license agreements with the producers of these resources.

Almost all of the resources purchased or subscribed to by the libraries impose restrictions on how the information in their resources can be used. For example, downloading excessive portions of these resources is usually prohibited. Also common is a restriction on the electronic redistribution of information. Posting material downloaded from these resources to a listserv would, for example, be considered to contravene the license agreements that allow us to access them. In addition, these resources are intended for academic or research purposes as opposed to commercial uses.

If you have any questions about your intended use of these resources, please contact the Libraries.