Answered By: GRA Reference
Last Updated: May 18, 2016     Views: 1562

If you want to search for or download articles from any of Kent State's databases while not on campus, you will need to install and connect to the Kent State Cisco VPN. This includes searching in Discovery@Kent, and most of the databases linked from the Databases A-Z page.

To access the library's databases from off-campus:

  1. Install the VPN on the device(s) you will use to search the databases.
  2. When you are ready to start your search, launch the VPN and connect using your FlashLine user name and password.
  3. While you are searching, leave the VPN running in the background.
  4. When you are finished searching the databases, you can disconnect from the VPN.

Why do you need to use the VPN? The VPN is used to verify that you're a legitimate Kent State user, and have permission to use Kent State's databases. The VPN also makes sure that you can send and receive data safely, even on public Wi-Fi networks.

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