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Remote Access to Library Resources

Information on using University Library resources off campus.

This page includes University Library resources that do not follow the standard authentication for off-campus access. On the page navigation, choose the resource you are interested in to see instructions on how to access it.


To access O'Reilly Ebooks

  1. Select 'Institution not listed?' option below the dropdown.
    O'Reilly authentication screen where you will need to select the "Institution not listed?" option
  2. Enter your University of Akron email and select the "Let's Go".
    O'Reilly login screen where you will need to enter your University of Akron email and select "Let's Go" to login
  3. Select the "Got It" as the final step.
    Welcome to O'Reilly screenshot that appears after successful authentication. Select "Got It" button to proceed to the platform


To access SciFinder-n for the first time:

  1. Go to the SciFinder-n registration page
  2. Select "Next"
    Initial welcome screen from SciFinder
  3. Read the SciFinder-n license agreement and if you agree to the terms select "Accept"
    SciFinder-n License Agreement that needs to be accepted before being able to use the resource
  4. Complete the registration form using your University of Akron email.
  5. You should receive a verification email. Select the provided link within 48 hours to complete registration.
    Confirmation email from SciFinder to complete account registration select the provided link

Once you have completed registering you can go to the SciFinder-n database directly. Note: Your username and password will be separate from your University of Akron password.


To access Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS):

  1. Enter your University of Akron email address.
  2. Check the box next to the "I'm not a robot" captcha.
  3. Select "Submit"
    WRDS authentication page, to access, enter email and complete captcha
  4. You should receive an email, select the first link in the email.
    Email from WRDS to access database, select the first hyperlink to gain access for one day.

Note: This link will only work for one day. After the link expires you will have to follow the same steps to access again.

OhioLINK Remote Authentication

To access certain OhioLINK resourcess off campus you will need to:

  1. Select "University of Akron" from the institution drop down.
    1. If you are from the Law School or Wayne Campus go to the "branch location" dropdown and select the appropriate branch.
  2. Select "Submit"
    OhioLINK select institution form, choose University of Akron in the first dropdown and if you are part of Law/Wayne change branch location.
  3. In the top box enter in your last name and first name (e.g. "Smith Jane")
  4. Enter your student or employee ID#. This can be found on the back of your Zip Card below the barcode. Ignore the initial string of zeroes.
    OhioLINK authentication form, input your name and student/employee ID# to proceed.

Factiva and Bloomberg Law

To access Factiva and Bloomberg Law you will need to connect to the University's VPN. Instructions for connecting to UA's VPN