Answered By: Hannah McKelvey
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017     Views: 22

At the end of 2017, MSU will be migrating to a new VPN. This change impacts how users access the Library's electronic resources.

Previously, if a user connected to the VPN from off-campus, they could access a good portion of eResources without having to go directly through the Library’s website. With the implementation of the new VPN, we strongly recommend all users begin their searches at to find out if the resources they needed are available through the Library.

By beginning your search at the Library's website, you are prompted to sign in to the Library using your NetID and password any time you try to access a resource that we have a paid subscription to. 

Here are the steps for accessing a resource from the Library's website:

1. Go to

2. Depending on what you want to search for, you may either begin your search by entering keywords into the search bar on the homepage OR enter into a specific database. Whatever route you take, once you try to access a resource that requires a subscription, you'll be prompted to sign in. 

For example, let's say you are searching in CatSearch and you find an article you want to access. Once you open the record, you will find links to the database under the 'Online Availability' tab. Selecting one of the links will prompt you to sign in: 














Clicking on 'Gale Cengage Academic OneFile' will prompt you to sign in with yout NetID and password:

After signing in, you will be identified as a current MSU student, staff, or faculty member and be directed to the article or resource:

You will remain signed in to the Library and shouldn't be asked to sign in again unless you completely close your browser.