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Off Campus Access to OhioLINK Electronic Resources & Research Database

Most electronic resources offered by the Davis Library are made available to our users via OhioLINK. No login is required to use or access these electronic resources on campus. However, if you are working from home or someplace other than the Rio Grande Main Campus or one of our institution's Regional Centers, then you will need to complete the special login in process described below.


Remote authentication for OhioLINK access requires that you:

  • First, select the "Off Campus" link provided for each resource;
  • Next, identify the institution with which you are affiliated using OhioLINK's online Instution Selection Form. (Use the drop-down menu to select and submit the "University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College");
  • After that, enter your Name (first and last) as it appears on your Rio Grande Identification Card and your Student or Employee ID#. (Please note: Students will need add the letter "s" at the start of their 6-9 digit ID#--e.g., s123456 or s300123456. The letter "s" should NOT be added to Employee ID#s. If you do not know your Employee ID#, please contact Deborah Thompson, Access Services Associate.); and
  • Then, sometimes you might also be asked to enter and submit a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Your PIN is set by default to the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not have a SSN, try entering four zeros (0000) instead.

Current Rio Grande students, faculty and staff are authorized for the remote use of OhioLINK resources. Copyright law and publisher or distributor licensing agreements limit access of this valuable content. Consequently, the general public (Ohio Residents and/or Community Patrons) and Rio Grande Alumni may only utilize these information sources on-site, which will require an in-person visit the Main Campus, one of our Regional Centers, or one of OhioLINK's Member Libraries.

For more details or if have any questions or need help with this special login process, please feel free to Ask Us!

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Library Lingo

Remote Authentication--what does that mean?

Remote authentication refers to the process of gaining access to restricted or secured electronic resources from a location that is not connected with a library or campus’s computer network system. Generally, this process involves completing some type of login procedure, providing certain credentials, and/or entering a password. The reason such access controls are placed on the off-site or off campus use of library electronic resources has to do with the value placed on such information.  Libraries purchase subscriptions and pay special licensing fees to give their patrons access to the intellectual property contained in electronic journals, electronic books, research databases and other forms of digital content. When library users access electronic resources on-site, the ability to ensure the proper use of those copyrighted materials can be monitored. Licensing agreements often limit off-site or off campus use of electronic resources to specified populations (e.g., library card holders or certain library or institution affiliates—visiting scholars, researchers, students, faculty, and staff at a university.)  Consequently, remote authentication helps to verify that those individuals for whom the information was intended are accessing it and not just anybody and everybody.