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  • How do I access databases from off-campus?

    You MUST start from a UI Libraries webpage to be validated through the proxy server. It is best to start from either Hardin Library's home page, this page, or the University of Iowa Libraries Alphabetical List of Databases.

    The University of Iowa Libraries' Proxy Server provides students and faculty of the University of Iowa with free global access to thousands of electronic resources for scholarly research. The system allows students and faculty working off-campus to electronically access periodical and index databases and full-text resources.

    When accessing a restricted resource from off-campus, you will automatically be prompted to enter your HawkID & Password, at which point you will have full access to that resource.

    Having trouble accessing subscriptions off-campus?  If you are behind a firewall, you may need to use the UI Anywhere/Virtual Private Network.
    1. Start at Virtual Private Network (
    2. Browse to Hardin Library's webpage and continue.

    Please visit the UI Libraries' Off-Campus Access page for more information.

    HawkID Authentication for Off-Campus Access

    Access to electronic journals from the VA Hospital may require additional steps due to security differences.