Always begin your research at the library website: trentu.ca/library. Our customized links provide you with access to our subscribed resources - even when searching Google Scholar.
From the website, you can:
Most of our website is freely available to anyone on the internet. This is not the case, however, with our licensed external resources (such as online indexes, e-books, and e-journals). These resources require authentication, to confirm that you belong to the Trent community.
Our agreements with external resource providers require us to limit access to current Trent students, faculty, staff, and sometimes alumni. Abuse of this privilege can result in an institution-wide denial of access.
If you're on campus, your computer's address (IP address) is recognized, and you have direct access. If you are NOT using a campus computer, you're required to authenticate yourself as a valid Trent user before connecting to the resource.
The proxy server (EZProxy) allows you to access restricted online resources from a computer outside the Trent network. It routes you through a server that is on the network, thereby providing an IP address which the external system recognizes and accepts. Before it links you through, it checks your account to make sure you're an authorized user. You must have a valid myTrent account to be authorized by the proxy server. Trent's IT (Information Technology) department looks after accounts.
Links to online resources from the Library website have the proxy access built into them, providing seamless access. When you click on these links from on-campus, the proxy server ignores you because it's not needed. If you are off-campus, it prompts you to login.
(If you don't know your myTrent username/password, contact the IT department.)
If you haven't used our website links to get to a document and you're denied access, try using the quick bookmarklet to authenticate you throught the proxy server.
Add this link to the bookmarks of your favourite browsers: Get It! Trent.
Then, whenever you come across an online document that denies you access, or asks you to pay for it, click the bookmark.
Proxy servers are tricky things, and they're not perfect. Sometimes you can lose your connection. It may happen from too many "clicks", a time-out, or it may be that the resource you are trying to connect to is not recognized by our proxy server.
Whenever you are connected to the proxy server, the url (address) of each restricted site you visit will contain trentu.ca.
Most links (urls) can be routed through the proxy server by adding the following prefix to the beginning of the link:
The address to which you want the link directed then follows.
This proxy works as long as the url it is being directed to is included in the Proxy Config file that we maintain.