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Scenario 3: Library Type: community colleges, colleges, universities, institutions of higher education

Authentication Options: You have already set up your own authentication method (such as a proxy server), in addition to IP authentication. May occasionally use NebraskAccess passwords.

If you have not already done so, please read NebraskAccess Linking and Authentication.

We realize most academic institutions purchase additional databases and have already folded the NebraskAccess databases into their local authentication process. These changes will not affect how that works; however, the new resources have been added to your EBSCO account. We understand these high school and middle school databases will not be used by the majority of your students. However, many institutions have education programs, and these databases may be of interest to future teachers.

As a reminder, the Library Commission maintains a list of IP addresses assigned to library institutions around the state. We use these IP addresses to help direct users of the NebraskAccess site to the correct EBSCO account. This way, users will have access to the databases purchased by the Library Commission and any additional databases your institution purchases.

With the creation of the new database access pages, which provide users with customized versions of the databases, there are new options available for how IP authentication can be set up to work. Libraries now have the option to set up their IP authentication in a way that lets them limit their users to the databases available through a specific database access page. For example, an elementary school may choose to setup IP recognition to only allow their students to access the customized versions of the databases available through the Elementary/Middle School Databases access page.

As an academic institution, we do not think you need this type of setup. Because of this, we have not changed how IP authentication through the NebraskAccess site works for you. Any user coming from an IP address we have associated with your institution will be passed through to EBSCO. EBSCO will then check the user’s IP address and direct them to your EBSCO account and the database the user selected.

To continue to facilitate this process, we are also trying to update the IP addresses we have on file for Nebraska academic institutions. We would appreciate it if you would send us a list of your current IP addresses.

If your institution hands out your NebraskAccess passwords, we recommend that you read the information about the three new NebraskAccess Passwords to learn more about them. Information about Linking to NebraskAccess is also available.

If you have questions, please contact Allana Novotny or Susan Knisely at NebraskAccess.

For more information, contact NebraskAccess.