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EZproxy FAQ

1. What is EZproxy?

EZproxy is a web proxy server - an intermediary system used to validate access to the McGill Library’s subscription-based bibliographic databases and other electronic resources. For example, when you click on the link to an article which appears on a database subscribed to by McGill Library, you will be asked via a dialogue box to enter your McGill username and password before you can see the article.

2. What is the difference between EZproxy and VPN?


  • EZproxy is used to access McGill online library resources only.
  • It automatically activates to allow access to databases and online resources when you start from the library pages (such as WorldCat Local, e-journals search or A-Z list, subject guides, etc.) or Google Scholar. It will prompt you to sign in with your username and password to identify (authenticate) yourself as a McGill library user when required.
  • You will need to sign in again if you close the current browser window and start a new browser session.
    Please note: EZproxy relies on McGill Library links in order to identify McGill users. That is, you will remain authenticated as long as you do not close your browser and you access resources via the Library website, catalogues or subscribed databases. Unlike with the VPN, it is not possible to simply Google a known title and be recognized as a McGill user.
  • Access to Google Scholar requires an initial set up. See Question 4 below.


  • VPN will provide you with not only access to McGill library online resources but also a whole range of other University activities and services, such as buying and downloading software from ELMS, and other McGill restricted sites and resources.
  • In order to run, VPN must first be configured in accordance with the operating system of your computer, laptop or mobile device and then actively connected by you.
  • VPN will remain connected until you disconnect whether or not you close your browser.

3. Do I need to set up EZproxy on my computer?

No. EZproxy doesn’t require any computer or browser setup.

4. Will Google Scholar work with EZproxy?

In order to access the Library’s electronic resources through Google Scholar, you first have to create a link between Google and McGill. To do that, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Go to Google Scholar's Settings
  2. In the "Library Links" field search for McGill University
  3. Select McGill University Library – McGill Library Full Text and save your settings
  4. Do your search in Google Scholar
  5. Click on the link for "McGill Library Full Text" that will appear to the right of the title of the resource and you'll be prompted to enter your Username and Password.

Please note – if you click on the title and not the "McGill Library Full Text" link you won’t be taken to the resource.

5: How do I connect to EZproxy in the first place?

You don't have to do anything except click on the link to one of our online resources (online article, online book, etc.) from inside the library pages or library catalogue pages, and EZproxy kicks in automatically by showing you a popup box asking for your McGill login and password. You only have to do this once as long as you keep your browser open and you access resources via the Library website, catalogues or subscribed databases. However, if you close your browser and open it again, you will have to login again.

6. Does EZproxy work with EndNote?

Some special features in EndNote require additional configuration. See our EndNote FAQ page for details.


If you have other questions about EZproxy, or if you are experiencing problems accessing the Library’s electronic resources please contact us.

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