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Bethel College Library FAQs: How do I access databases off campus?

You can log into our databases using a variety of methods outlined below.  Some are open to search from anywhere (like the library catalog), but others require you to use a user name/password to use the resource off-campus.

Note that there are 2 different ways to log into EBSCOhost from off campus:

--Google sign in (which requires you to set up an account while you are ON CAMPUS)

--Login/password using your Bethel e-mail prefix and campus ID.  Many people are confused by the campus ID part:  use the number on your plastic ID card that you use for convo and to get into the caf.


The library catalog: Voyager

The library catalog is freely accessible.

BC students/faculty/staff only: To login to your account (useful for seeing what you have checked out and/or to renew items), go to the My Account tab and enter your  institution ID (the number on your campus ID) and your last name.

Accessing ProQuest Ebook Central

To login into ProQuest Ebook Central use your email prefix (the part that comes before "" for the user name and then your entire email address for the password.  You may change your password after you've logged in using the above information.

Accessing EBSCOhost off-campus

If you have questions or problems logging into databases off campus, contact Renae Stucky or Barbara Thiesen.

In order to search all of our EBSCO databases when off-campus, you need to log in.  There are several ways to do this.

User name/Password log in (most people use this).

Use your email prefix*/campus ID to login using this link:  BC OFF-CAMPUS PATRON ACCESS (this is new!) Note:  the start screen will list ALL EBSCO databases.  Pick the EBSCOhost link for databases like Academic Search Premier and CINAHL. (To see screenshots of the process, go to the bottom box on this page.)

*"email prefix" is what comes BEFORE  So, for, "hermanbubbert" is the email prefix.


*NEW* Google sign in

Once you've set up a personal My EBSCO account (see below), you can use your favorite Google credentials (Bethel or person) to log into EBSCOhost when you are off-campus.  NOTE:  YOU MUST SET THIS UP WHILE YOU ARE ON CAMPUS FIRST.

You MUST be signed into your Google account before beginning this process.  You're signed into Google if your Google email is open and/or you've logged into Google in your browser.


You'll see this at the top of the page:  

Click on "Sign In."  You'll see this form:

Ignore most of the form!  Just click on the "Sign up with Google" icon.  Since you're already signed into a Google account, you'll see something like this:

Select the account you want. You'll see this screen:

Click the Consent button and you'll be authenticated into EBSCOhost.  You'll now be able to log in off campus using this link:

When ON CAMPUS, set up a "My EBSCOhost" account.

(Here are INSTRUCTIONS.) Once that account is set up, you can log in remotely.  USE THE LINK ON THE LIBRARY HOMEPAGE YOU NORMALLY USE FOR ON-CAMPUS ACCESS. Plus, with a My EBSCOHost account, you can save search results, persistent links to searches, search alerts, journal alerts, and web pages to your personal My EBSCOhost folder.


EBSCOhost off campus: screenshots

1.  Click on this link:  OFF-CAMPUS EBSCOHOST ACCESS

2.  You'll see this screen.  

PATRON ID = Your Bethel email prefix

PASSWORD = Your Bethel campus ID number

Here's a picture of a campus ID card with an ID number (pretend) of 1234:

3.  Once you are logged in, you'll see all available EBSCO resources.  For EBSCOHost (Academic Search Premier, etc.), select the first option.

Accessing ALL databases (and your network files) off-campus using Windows Remote Desktop


Use this method if you want to:

--use databases such as ProQuest Allied Health or Nexis Uni.

--access files you've saved on the campus server

Click HERE for instructions from IMS for how to use the Windows Remote Desktop