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Faculty Information: Doing Your Own Research

Doing Your Own Research

Borrowing materials

Remote access to library resources

Accessing Library Resources

When off-campus, you are still able to use the library's subscription content (e-journals, e-books, databases) 

  1. Sign into the library catalog
    Once logged into the catalog, you will be granted access to all content that is Shibboleth-enabled. 
    Shibboleth is a simple, single sign-on system using your Williams login and password. It does not require any configuration, and authentication transfers from database to database.  

    The library is actively pursuing Shibboleth authentication for as many of our online services as possible.  However, there are still quite a few resources that are not Shibboleth-enabled. 
  2. Configure the proxy server
    If you are logged into the catalog, but still not able to access a database, or if you get asked to pay to access content, it is most likely because the resource is not Shibboleth-enabled. In this case, you need to use the college's proxy server.  Proxy Server Instructions

Research Assistance and Support from off-campus

At any point, whether on or off-campus, use our Ask A Librarian service to request assistance.  You may either reach us via chat or via email. 


Designating a Student Library Research Assistant

Faculty members may appoint students and others who assist them to be their proxy borrowers. Proxies can check out materials and request interlibrary loans on behalf of faculty.  Faculty are responsible for all materials checked out on their behalf by proxies.

To assign a proxy, fill out the Designate a proxy online form.  

If you have any questions about this service, contact that Circulation Desk at Sawyer Library: 413-597-2501. 


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