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Using SearchWorks: Searching the library catalog and articles+: Online access to articles

This guide provides general tips on using SearchWorks and the articles+ search feature to find materials in the Stanford Libraries catalog and across a wide range of subscribed databases.

Online access to articles

Most of the articles, and even some of the metadata in articles+ are restricted to current Stanford faculty, staff, students, and approved affiliates only. 

On campus, and on the Stanford secure network

  • You should be able to see and link to most articles+ content.
  • You may be asked to log in (with your SUNet ID) to access articles from some content providers (this is contract-based).


On campus, but on Stanford Visitor network or eduroam

  • You will be in "guest mode". Some titles in the results will be hidden with this message:  "This title is not available for guests. Log in to see the title and access the article."
  • If you have a SUNet ID with access privileges, log in to see all content.


Off campus

  • You'll be in "guest mode" with some titles hidden. Log in to SearchWorks to see all articles+ content.


Off campus, on VPN

  • You'll still be in "guest mode" for articles+. Log in to SearchWorks to see all articles+ content.


What about browser configuration and proxy?

For detailed information, see Avoid paywalls.

In simple terms:

  1. You do not need to configure your browser to connect to resources linked in SearchWorks articles+.
  2. Some e-resources in SearchWorks catalog may still require browser configuration; these will gradually be transitioned to the new, simpler style.