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  1. Do I have to use the login page first when I am off campus?
  2. Is there a simple login page?
  3. Do I have to be on campus to access the Library Home Page?
  4. Once I access the Library Home Page do I have access to all of the online resources listed?
  5. I am not a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff member. Can I use a computer in the Library to access all of the Library's databases?
  6. I am not a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff member. Can I access the Library's periodicals indexes and fulltext databases from my computer at home?
  7. What kinds of online resources are available only to Chicago State University students, faculty and staff from off-campus computers?
  8. I am a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff. How do I access the Library's databases from a computer not located on campus?
  9. What is my CSU e-mail Login and Password for accessing the Library's commercial databases?
  10. I am a CSU student, faculty or staff member but I am not using CSU as my e-mail account or Internet Service Provider (ISP). Can I still access the Library's web resources using these services?
  11. How do I know which resources will require me to enter my CSU e-mail Login and Password?
  12. How do I set up my computer to access the Internet and the Library Home Page?
  13. Where do I get more information and technical assistance on setting up Chicago State University as my Internet Service Provider?
  14. When I access databases from home, some have one link and others have two links? The ones with two links are "regular" and "off campus". Can this be simplified?

Do I have to use the login page first when I am off campus?

No. All database links should ask for a login only when you are off campus. After the system asks and you log in, you are free to navigate web sites and use other databases at http://library.csu.edu/ as you wish. You should be asked to login only once per browser session.


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Is there a simple login page?

Yes, here. After a successful login you should be able to navigate throughout the web without being asked again. It is not necessary to use this page until prompted. The Reference Desk may ask you to login at this page if you are having username, password, or other account problem. Remember, your e-mail address is not your username.


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Do I have to be on campus to access the Library Home Page?

No. You may access the Library Home Page at http://library.csu.edu/ from any computer that has access to the Internet.


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Once I access the Library Home Page do I have access to all of the online resources listed?

Anyone may access all of the online resources from any computer on campus. Only persons affiliated with CSU can access all of the online resources from computers off-campus. However, many resources are accessible to anyone from any computer off-campus and no affiliation with Chicago State University is necessary. They include I-Share, the Library's online catalog, where you can search for books and other library materials, locally created or compiled resources such as those listed on the Subject Guides pages, a number of Reference Tools and links to many external web pages.

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I am not a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff member. Can I use a computer in the Library to access all of the Library's databases?

Yes. The Library is open to the public and all Web resources are accessible from any computer within the Library.

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I am not a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff member. Can I access the Library's periodicals indexes and fulltext databases from my computer at home?

No, you will not be able to access many of the Library's databases, such as those containing fulltext journal articles, from your computer at home. However, many free Web resources including I-Share, the Library's catalog, are available from off-campus computers with no restrictions.

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What kinds of online resources are available only to Chicago State University students, faculty and staff from off-campus computers?

Online resources such as periodical indexes and other databases are accessible only to Chicago State University students, faculty and staff by contractual agreement with the commercial providers of those products. These include many of the full text databases for journal articles listed in the Library's Databases pages and some of the electronic resources listed in the Reference Tools pages.

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I am a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff. How do I access the Library's databases from a computer not located on campus?

If you are connecting to the Internet from a computer at home or other off-campus sites and using Chicago State University (CSU) as your Internet Service Provider (ISP) you have access to all of the resources on the Library Home Page. CSU provides some 56K modems for this purpose, and the Information Technology Division will be able to instruct you on their use. If you are not using CSU as your ISP, the most common case, you will be required to login to commercial databases (e.g., fulltext article databases) using your CSU e-mail Username and Password. However, many resources, such as the library catalog, do not require a login.


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What is my CSU e-mail Username and Password for accessing the Library's commercial databases?

As a Chicago State University student, faculty or staff member, an e-mail account has been established in your name. If you are a student and do not know your CSU e-mail login, go to Academic Computing, First Floor, Room 122, in Douglas Hall. Passwords will not be provided over the telephone. Please do not call the Library regarding your login and password. We will not be able to give you this information.


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I am a CSU student, faculty or staff member but I am not using CSU as my e-mail account or Internet Service Provider (ISP). Can I still access the Library's resources using these services?


You can access the Library Home Page and use many of the resources even if you use other e-mail accounts (Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail) or Internet Service Providers (AOL, for example). However, you will need to provide your CSU e-mail Username and Password when accessing commercial databases (e.g., fulltext article databases). You may use any ISP to connect to the Internet but only your CSU e-mail Username and Password will enable access to the commercial databases.


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How do I know which resources will require me to enter my CSU e-mail Login and Password?

If you are on-campus and therefore using CSU as your Internet Service Provider (ISP) you can access directly all the resources on the Library Home Page. If you are off-campus and thus not using CSU as your ISP you will be prompted to identify yourself. Fill in the requested Username and Password. You will be required to login again only if you restart your browser and return to one of these commercial databases.


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How do I access the Library Home Page?

An Internet account is available to you as a student, faculty or staff member of Chicago State University. When your e-mail is created you are given a Username and a Password. These will become inactive if unused for a long period of time, e.g. 30 days. Together the Username and Password allow you to access the library databases and catalogs. Use your internet browser to visit http://library.csu.edu/ to access the library’s online resources. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can provide you with the necessary software and documentation instructing you how to connect to the Internet. After you are connected to the Internet use Netscape, Internet Explorer, Opera, Konqueror, or another browser to access the library’s online resources at http://library.csu.edu/. You will need to enter your CSU e-mail Username and Password to access many databases (see questions 5-9 above for more information on your CSU e-mail Username and Password and off-campus access to databases).


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Where do I get more information and technical assistance on setting up Chicago State University as my Internet Service Provider?

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When I access databases from home, some have one link and others have two links. The ones with two links are "regular" and "off campus". Can this be simplified?

Yes. We are working on a system that will allow all links that need validation to operate automatically. You may notice that the database lists do this now. But some pages, for example music, that have validating and non-validating links intermixed, do not. Soon all validating will be simplified to one visible link.

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For further information on off-campus computer access go to the Academic Computing Web site for complete dial-up documentation. Telephone numbers for modems are available on the dialup support page.


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