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Off Campus Access: Access Issues

Issue

Issue: GW users who access Himmelfarb Library's online resources from other institutions or sites which use a single sign-on (e.g. Children's National, GW Medical Faculty Associates, etc.) aren't able to login to Himmelfarb Library resources.  The local site's account information is automatically submitted to GW's single sign-on system rather than the user's @gwu.edu account information.

Suggested Workarounds

Option #1: Use one web browser for most work and reserve a second web browser for logging into Himmelfarb Library and other GW functions.  This option works well if you are working from a computer that you use regularly as you can remain logged in.

  1. Open the web browser selected for Himmelfarb/GW, then clear the browser's history and cookies.
  2. A prompt may appear at the top of the screen asking the user to login to a non-GW institution; log off/deactivate this function.
  3. Access Himmelfarb Library webpage (http://himmelfarb.gwu.edu) and select the database, e-text, or e-journal which you would like to access; the resource should display automatically.

 

Option #2: Open an 'incognito' browser window.  This option works well if you are working from a computer that is shared with other users.

  1. Open an incognito browser window:
    • Chrome: click on three stacked dots in upper right corner of window, then select 'New Incognito window'
    • Edge: click on three horizontal dots in upper right corner of window, then select 'New InPrivate window'
    • Safari: from File menu, select 'New Private Window'
    • Internet Explorer: click on gear menu in upper right corner of window, then select Safety followed by InPrivate Browsing
    • Mozilla Firefox: click on three stacked horizontal lines in upper right corner of window, then select New Private Window
  2. Access Himmelfarb Library webpage (http://himmelfarb.gwu.edu) and select the database, e-text, or e-journal which you would like to access; the resource should display automatically.

Need Assistance?

Need assistance?

Himmelfarb Librarians are here to help. We can provide assistance with access, searching the databases, finding full-text articles, creating durable links, citing resources, and much more.

How to Contact Us

Text message: 202-601-3525.
Circulation Desk Phone: (202) 994-2962
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