Open Athens–New Authentication Method for Accessing Library Resources

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On September 19, there will be a change in the way that USF faculty, staff, and students authenticate to use the USF Libraries’ resources. We will be moving from our current EZProxy authentication to OpenAthens, which will provide a more secure, reliable, and ultimately more convenient method of access.

With OpenAthens, researchers will be asked to enter their USF NetID and password at the point of access, rather than having to go through the libraries’ website each time. This does mean that individuals will have to log in even on campus computers at least once a day for up to an 8-hour session through your internet browser. At home, it will be the same experience–log in once and then you are authenticated for all of our resources for up to 8 hours, whether you access a publisher site through the USF Libraries web pages, Google Scholar, or another resource.

Some e-resources are limited to USF Health students, faculty, and staff, which are remaining on the USF Health proxy system. When you log into OpenAthens, you will be given access to all e-resources that are appropriate for your specific USF affiliation.

If you encounter any issues accessing the USF Libraries’ resources, please check the Open Athens Authentication FAQ Page or use the Ask a Librarian widget (“Ask Us”), found on the USF Libraries home page.

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