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OSU Extension

Resources to support study and research for OSU Extension faculty and staff.

Off Campus Sign-In

Sign in using your OSU name.# to access subscription-based databases from off campus.


Article Express through ILLiad

Request electronic delivery of journal articles not already available online.

OSU Wireless

The Ohio State University provides wireless data network services for OSU students, faculty, staff, and guests. The wireless network is designed and maintained by the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Two primary wireless networks are available throughout the university:

  • osuwireless, an encrypted network for students, faculty, staff.
  • WiFi@OSU, a multi-purposed unencrypted network that provides guests with internet access and helps students, faculty, and staff connect to the encrypted network, osuwireless.

To access licensed library materials on campus you need to be connected to the osuwireless data network. 

Additionally, eduroam access is now available in most locations on all campuses.

Off-campus Access

Licensed online library resources are restricted from viewing outside the campus network. There are several ways to access licensed resources from off-campus:

  • Use the off-campus sign in through the library homepage for the most reliable way to access licensed resources from off-campus. Using the the off-campus sign in will result in a prompt for your name.# and password. You should only need to sign in once per session.
  • Use an OSU Libraries' Bookmarklet / Browser Extension within your browser. Here is more Information on using a Bookmarklet.
  • Many publishers/vendors permit access directly from their website with OSU credentials in which case you can use proxy authentication to access the resource. Place this string at the beginning of the vendor’s URL: http://proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/login?url=http://[enter vendor’s URL here]. Example: http://proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/login?url=http://www.scopus.com/home.url. You will be prompted for your name.# and password.

Please note that VPN authentication will not provide authentication for most library resources and is not recommended to be used in combination with the library Off-campus sign in. 

Library Access for OSU Visitors and the Public

Interlibrary Loan and publisher license agreements limit access to the Libraries electronic journals, databases, and books to current faculty, staff, and students of The Ohio State University.  

Non-OSU users (Guest users) visiting OSU campus libraries can be issued a Guest Authentication account from staff at Library Circulation Desks to use public computers when available. Guest users must at time of request show a valid picture ID such as a U.S. driver's license, State of Ohio ID, School ID, or passport. The guest account authorization is only valid for the location where it is issued by the user. It is good for a set amount of time and will automatically expire at the end of that time period. Users are required to follow the policy on Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources.

Google Scholar

To use the OSU "Find It" button, off-campus users must use Scholar settings to ensure routing through the proxy.

  • Go to Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/).
  • Click on the menu button (top left).
  • Click on Settings and then on Library Links.
  • Search for Ohio State University.
  • Check the box beside The Ohio State University Libraries-Find it at OSU.
  • Click Save button at the bottom right.

In the Google Scholar results list, click the Find It! link to determine if online access is provided by OSU Libraries or OhioLINK. This link may be under MORE for some results.  A Find It! link may not be offered for every available link, as Google Scholar may offer several sources for the same citation.

Delivery Options for Library Materials

Use Article Express to request an electronic scan (PDF) of articles or book chapters (but not entire books) held in the OSU Library collections and the collections of other libraries around the world. Visit Interlibrary Services to request any article, book and other material not available in either the OSU catalog or OhioLINK catalog

If an item is not available electronically through the library catalog or interlibrary services and you cannot visit a OSU Library location (any Columbus or Wooster campus location or any regional campus location) to pick up an requested item, we offer distance user off-campus delivery:

If you are located off-campus but within the state of Ohio, please use the OhioLINK catalog to request OSU Library and OhioLINK materials for pick-up at any of the 80+ OhioLINK member libraries around the state.

If you are located off-campus outside the state of Ohio but within the United States, please choose “Distance User (Out of State)” as your pick-up location when you request items from the OSU Library catalog, OhioLINK catalog or SearchOhio catalog.  We will confirm your delivery address via email and then send you the items you requested. Materials are sent to you at no charge via UPS (delivery signature required). To return items, you must ship them back to OSU Thompson Library at your expense via a traceable delivery system (such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS with Tracking).

If none of these off-campus delivery options are convenient for you, please contact us directly to discuss other options.