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Accessing Resources from Off-Campus

The University Libraries subscribes to a number of online resources available through the UNL Libraries Website. Due to contract and license agreements, these online resources are available to UNL faculty, staff and students currently employed or registered at UNL. If you are working off-campus, or are using an off-campus internet connection while on campus, you will be prompted to enter your last name and NU ID number and PIN to verify you are either employed by UNL or a student of UNL.

Example of NU ID Card

Enter your last name and NU ID number as it appears on your N Card.

In this example, the last name is GAUSS and the NU ID number is 77774444. Once you have entered and verified this information, click the Submit icon and use the resource as usual.

When logging into your library account or a UNL Libraries database, you will need to establish a password. You will be asked to enter it again as verification. For security purposes, instead of seeing the actual numbers on the screen, you will see asterisks or bullets displayed as the password is entered. 

This password will protect your library card from unauthorized use and will be needed when you: 
          · login to My Library.
          · login to use a database licensed for UNL.
          · check out items at a self-check out machine.
          · login to use a library computer.

Note: Please enable your browser cookies in order to use these online resources.

Help Logging In: If you are having difficulty logging into a database after entering your last name and NU ID Number, call 402-472-9568.

Those who are not employed by UNL or registered as a student at UNL may access electronic resources from the Multi-Search (ResearchPro) for Public. In addition, Nebraska residents may access electronic resources through Nebraska Access.

Finding Public E-Resources

Most electronic resources on the UNL Library website are licensed to UNL by vendors and publishers. They can be accessed from off-campus only by UNL affiliates, defined as faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. Anyone may use the electronic resources when they visit one of the UNL libraries in person.

Several options are available for community users:

  1. NebraskAccess provides Nebraska residents with free 24/7 online access to thousands of full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, biographies, business information, genealogical resources, and more. NebraskAccess is brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Go to NebraskAccess: and log-in using your Nebraska drivers license or State ID number.

  2. The University Libraries has a collection of websites chosen by UNL librarians.

    Go to the Internet Resources Collection:

  3. Some electronic resources on the UNL Library website are accessible to everyone. Most are government supported databases that do not have access restrictions. They can be accessed directly or through the UNL Library E-Reources page.

    UNL Libraries Government Resources
    A gateway to websites and databases produced by city, county, state, and federal governments and by international agencies

    National Agricultural Library index to agricultural information

    National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health index to medical and health literature

    Institute of Education Sciences/US Dept of Health index to education literature
    The most comprehensive list of books, journals, CDs, DVDs, and other materials held in libraries around the world

    An index to historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world

    Image & Multimedia Collections
    Includes collections of public domain images from a variety of sources

    Multi-Search (ResearchPro) for Public
    A cross database search engine for selected UNL licensed and public databases

Choosing the Best Resources

Most papers and assignments require that you find articles on your topic. Article indexes allow you to enter terms for your topic and retrieve relevant articles from magazines or scholarly journals. For most undergraduate projects, the resources listed under General E-Reosurces for Most Projects will suffice. Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) is usually the first choice for finding articles. Other general article indexes include Omnifile and Lexis Nexis Academic. If you want a resource with more depth in a specific field, click on a subject under Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, or Interdisciplinary.

For most projects, the library catalog is the best choice for finding books. To find additional books, use WorldCat, an international database of over 40 million book records. You may borrow the books through ILLiad (our interlibrary loan and document delivery service). Simply click on the ILLiad link in the WorldCat record to initiate a request.

To get background information on a topic or find specific data to supplement other research, you may want to search some of the reference books under Reference Collections.

When you need help selecting a database, choosing terms, or interpreting records, use the Ask a Question service at one of our many service desks and virtual service points. For in-depth assistance, contact the subject specialist librarian in your field.

The E-Resources page highlights the most important and most popular electronic article indexes and other databases. The library subscribes to many more electronic resources that can be accessed through the library catalog. They include electronic journals, government documents, reference tools, books, and more. To find them, search the catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword. Click on the links in the library records to access them.

Finding Full Text

In many cases, the records for articles in journal article indexes will link to the full-text of the article. When they do not, click on the WebBridge link in the record to see if electronic text is available through other library subscriptions or to see if the library catalog shows that we have a print subscription to the journal. Articles cited in the indexes but not available through the University Libraries may be acquired through ILLiad (our interlibrary loan and document delivery service). Simply click on the WebBridge link in an article citation to initiate a request. A link to ILLiad is also on the library main page and in each catalog record.

When you need helping finding full-text, printing or downloading an article, or making an ILLiad request, use the Ask a Question service at one of our many service desks and virtual service points. For in-depth assistance, contact the subject specialist librarian in your field. Click on the FAQ link for more research tips.