Access the Library System's Research Port Databases and Articles Off Campus


Authenticated customers on campus are able to search research databases (e.g. PubMed, Google Scholar, etc) by virtue of the University Library's contractual arrangement with these and other research databases.  A full list of available research databases can be found by accessing the Library System's Research Port (http://researchport.umd.edu/) and using one of the multiple options to search for databases on the left side of the home page. These instructions are not meant to show how to perform a generic search by database name, subject category or vendor; rather to show how to jump directly to a research database, without having to first go through accessing the Library System's Research Port (http://researchport.umd.edu/).

When customers are not logged into the University network, the ability to search research databases directly requires an additional step to authenticate after which, the experience is the same as on-campus. Any off-campus customer (with valid university credentials) who wishes to access a research database (e.g. PubMed) or a specific article, must go through the library research port site and authenticate through the University Central Authentication System (CAS).  

  1. Using the PubMed research database as an example, logged in customers on campus can search http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ without having to log on to access articles.  If you are off campus, the following must be appended to the beginning of the research database URL in order to have the same search experience as on campus http://proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/login?url= .  Therefore, if an off-campus customer, with access to the internet, enters the following URL: 
    http://proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/login?url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ in your browser, you will be taken to the University's CAS page. Login with your university credentials. You will be taken to the PubMed search page and be able to search that research database and access articles as though they were on campus.
  2. The same process holds true for directly accessing research articles.  If you know the URL to an article that is available through the Library's research port, you may get directly to it when logged into the network on campus.  When off-campus, you must append  http://proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/login?url= to the front of the article URL.  For example the article:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21669395 allows a customer on campus to read by clicking on the Cell Press button (Cell Press).  When accessing the same URL off campus, you are required to log in in order to read the article when they click on the Cell Press button. By changing the URL to: http://proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/login?url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21669395, you will first be taken to the CAS page for logging in and then be taken to the article site and allowed to click the Cell Press button to read the article.
  3. Finally, if you have bookmarked a page accessed through a research database site, you may append that bookmark by using the following steps when off campus and avoid having to traverse the entire Research Port site, but rather be allowed to log in through CAS and go to the bookmarked site.
    • Using your browser, right-click the bookmarked site and select Properties.


      Bookmarked research site

    • The Properties window for that site will open. In the Location field, enter http://proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/login?url= to the front of the link and click the Save button.  

      Add link to Properties field