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Schools that have have a secure patron authentication system are allowed to provide access to their LexisNexis subscriptions to remote patrons. LexisNexis supports remote access using the methods listed below.


[edit] Supported Remote Access Methods

[edit] Proxy Server

This is the preferred method for remote patron authentication. If you allow properly authenticated users to log in to your secure proxy server, LexisNexis can add its IP address to your subscription. For remote access to LexisNexis Scholastic, the remote access IP address must be excluded from IP range(s) assigned to your on-site computers because remote users are given a restricted subscription that does not include legal research materials.

Proxy servers may require special configuration to work with LexisNexis resources. Please see the guidelines provided by EZProxy for more details.

EZProxy Configuration Instructions for LexisNexis

[edit] LexisNexis RPA Script

If you do not have a proxy server, you may be able to provide remote access using the Remote Patron Authentication scripts developed by LexisNexis. Installing these scripts requires a relatively high level of technical skills. Please see our Remote Patron Authentication page for more details and instructions.

RPA Instructions

[edit] Remote Access Methods Not Supported

The following authentication methods are not supported because they do not provide adequate security to protect the intellectual property of LexisNexis and its content partners.

[edit] Referring URL

Referring URL is easily spoofed, so it is not acceptable as an authentication method.

[edit] Shared ID/Password

LexisNexis recognizes that schools have little or no control over the actions of their patrons. Therefore, LexisNexis will not issue an ID to be shared with patrons. We have seen multiple instances of such IDs being posted on the Internet or shared with unauthorized users.

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