Who can access the databases

The Library's databases are available only to currently enrolled Cal State San Marcos students, faculty and staff.

What you need

You'll need a campus username and password. If you don't already have one, please contact the campus IT Help Desk:

Student Technology Help Desk
Kellogg Library 2013
760-750-6505
sth@csusm.edu

Faculty & Staff Help Desk
Craven 2302
760.750.4790
helpdesk@csusm.edu

How to access the databases

Simply go to the research databases as you would on campus. When you click on a link, the proxy server will ask you for your campus username and password. That's it.

FAQ

My username and password don’t work.

(1) Make sure you are using your campus username and password -- not your library barcode, social security number, or PIN. This is the same username and password that you use to login at the computer labs or check your campus e-mail account.

(2) Occasionally your password gets out of sync between the various servers. If you change your password, this will often resynchronize things. Wait 15 minutes and try accessing the databases with your new password.

If none of that works, call the campus help desk:

Faculty / Staff:  (760) 750-4790
Students: (760) 750-6505

After I log in, I get a security warning indicating that I am about to be redirected to a connection that is not secure. Should I be concerned?

No, just click Yes to continue.

The proxy server is set up to use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt your login, protecting it from hackers. Once you successfully log in, the proxy server connects you with the database you selected, which in most cases does not use SSL technology. Your browser then warns you that the site you are being sent to is not using this technology.

Your information is not retransmitted to the next site.