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Using Electronic Resources at the Salmon Library

A general overview of using our electronic articles and databases at the Salmon Library, including using our proxy server, our OpenURL, and fixing issues with troubleshooting tips.

About Our Proxy Server

The Salmon Library uses a proxy server (ours is at to connect you to your resources while authenticating you as being part of the UAH network. For most of the library's electronic databases, this proxy server allows us to confirm your status to the vendor and redirects your traffic to those databases through the library's recognized IP address. This insures you are able to access the materials you need. 

For the majority of cases, this is a built-in system that requires no extra steps on your part and does not require you to set up anything to use it. If you are using a program that is not a web-browser to access our online resources, such as a citation manager, you might need to specify our proxy server in the settings for it to work. For such cases, see OpenURL to the left in the menu. 

If you are on campus in an approved IP range, the proxy server should detect you as being on the campus and properly acknowledge you as such without requiring to sign in.

If you are off campus or outside of the approved IP range, you will be redirected automatically to the campus Single Sign On system. It will require an active UAH ChargerID and password to work. Library guests, including Alumni, will not have the ability to sign in this way and should use our materials on-campus. 

Some settings, including blocking our proxy server's address, can interfere with its functionality. This is often rare, at least for default settings. If you suspect you have some setting interfering with our proxy server, you can contact us at for support, but you might have to rescind those settings, at least temporarily, to access our materials. See our Troubleshooting Errors page (in the menu to the left) to get more info on things that might interfere with proxy server usage.