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Connecting to UCSC Resources from Off Campus

Gaining access to all the on-line resources the UCSC Library has to offer—article databases, full-text articles, e-journals, e-books—requires you to log into the UCSC campus network. The recommended method to do this is via the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (virtual private network) Client, using your CruzID and Gold password.

Follow the instructions below to set up the VPN Client; once you've done so, simply enter your CruzID and Gold password into the VPN client and you'll be connected!

 

First, go to the UCSC Library homepage...

UCSC Library homepage

 

 

 

 

2. Scroll over the Research tab on the homepage; a pop-up box will appear with a number of links...

UCSC Library homepage > Research tab

 

3. Under 'Connect from Your Computer', click on 'Off-Campus Access Options'...

Off-Campus Access Options

 

4. Under 'Campus VPN', click on the 'Cisco AnyConnect Client' link...

Cisco AnyConnect Client link

 

5. Under 'VPN Client Installation', click on the 'Download the VPN Client' link...

VPN Client download link

 

6. ...which will take you to a page where you must log in with your CruzID and Gold password. Enter them and click on 'Log in'...

CruzID Gold login page

 

7. Click on the link for the operating system of the computer on which you're downloading the VPN Client...

operating system links for VPN Client download

 

8. Save the Client's installer file to your desktop or Downloads folder so you can find it once it's finished downloading...

VPN Client installer file

 

9. Go to the location (the Downloads folder in this example) where you saved the installer file; double-click on the file name...

downloaded VPN Client installer file location

 

10. The installer will open; follow the installer's directions to set up the AnyConnect VPN Client...

VPN Client installer window

 

11. Once the VPN Client is installed, its icon will appear in your computer's dock and in its list of applications. Click on the VPN Client icon...

VPN Client icon in computer dock

 

12. A VPN Client pop-up box will appear...

VPN Client pop-up box

 

13. Type 'vpn.ucsc.edu' in the pop-up box and click on 'Connect'...

VPN address entered in Client pop-up box

 

14. A second pop-up box will appear; enter your CruzID and Gold password in it...

CruzID and Gold password pop-up box

 

15. You are now connected to the UCSC campus network!

successful VPN connection

 

 

After this initial installation, you never have to go through these steps again. The VPN Client should automatically pop up whenever you turn your computer on, so simply enter your CruzID and Gold password (as in step 14 above) and you're good to go!