Off-campus Access  

Access to MaagNet (YSU's online catalog) and the OhioLINK library catalog is available to anyone. Other services, such as remote access to subscription databases, are generally restricted to current students, faculty and staff of Youngstown State University.

On-campus users and those who are connected to the YSU network (see "Remote Access" at the Tech Desk FAQ page) should have seamless access to most resources. Off-campus users connecting through other ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will usually have to authenticate by providing user information, including your institution, your name (as it appears on your YSU ID) and library barcode.

If you are an America Online (AOL) subscriber, please see Troubleshooting below.

Courtesy Card Holders, YSU Alumni and Friends of Maag Library, have borrowing privileges at Maag and through the OhioLINK catalog as well as access to databases using computers in Maag Library. Due to licensing restrictions, courtesy card holders do not have remote access to subscription databases.

While many resources are available in cooperation with OhioLINK, Maag subscribes to several electronic resources on an individual basis. Access to these resources from off-campus is made possible by logging in to the Maag Library proxy server.

For off-campus access to these databases, two options are available.

  • Through OhioLINK
    • Authenticate to OhioLINK at
    • Select the desired database and click the URL that begins with
    • Login to the Maag Proxy Server to access the database
  • Direct link
    • Select the desired database from the list below
Remote login is available for the following databases
American National Biography
Book Review Digest Plus
Children's Literature Comprehensive
Cochrane Databases of Systmetic Reviews
CollegeSource Online
Criminal Justice Abstracts
(DARE) Database of Abstracts of Reviews of effectiveness
Evidence Based Medicine Reviews
Mental Measurements Yearbook
Music Index
Naxos Sheet Music
Naxos Music Library
NBER:National Bureau of Economic Research
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
ProQuest Nursing Journals
Science of Aging Knowledge Environment
Science Online (Encyclospedias)
Science Online (Magazine)
Science's Next Wave
Science's Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment
Social Work Abstracts
Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage
State Academies of Science Abstracts
Tests in Print
ValueLine Research Center
The World Book Encyclopedia Online

Additional subscription databases not available through the Maag proxy server:
In-Library Only On-Campus Only Other special requirements
(see description)
CCH Tax Research* Chemical Abstracts (CAS SciFinder Scholar)
First Search* NewsBank Newsfile Collection MediaMark (MRI+)
Philosopher's Index
*=password required. Ask at Reference.

Accessing Databases through OhioLINK

When access to a database is provided through OhioLink, take the following steps for access:


  • Are you a current student, faculty or staff member at YSU? Only these user groups have access to restricted resources.

  • Is access restricted to campus network or library computers only? Check the database description for further information.

  • Don't have a library barcode on the back of your ID? Register (in person) at the Circulation Desk in Maag Library. Present a current, valid YSU ID to obtain a library barcode.

  • Make sure your name is entered according to the directions on the page. Enter your barcode number without spaces.

  • Problems with your library record: do you have overdue books or outstanding fines? If so, your record may be blocked. You can view your library record at Contact the Circulation Desk at 330-941-3678 for assistance.

  • Are you using a current version of a Web browser? These browsers should work well with authentication:
    • Internet Explorer 6.0 or above (Windows)
    • Mozilla 1.5 or above (Windows or Macintosh)
    • Netscape 6.0 or above (Windows or Macintosh)
    • Firefox 1.0 or above (Windows or Macintosh)
    • Safari 1.0 or above (Macintosh)

  • AOL users: If AOL is your Internet Service Provider (ISP), please note that the AOL browser does not work with authentication. You will need to minimize your AOL browser and then open another browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator to be able to log in and use databases.

  • Do you have cookies enabled in your browser? Visit the OhioLINK Frequently Asked Questions and click "Check Browser" if you are not sure.