Proxy Server – Windows Instructions

Google Chrome is the only secure browser for use with the proxy server. [Download Google Chrome — free!]

Want to use the Proxy in Chrome without changing your settings? Try the new JMU Libraries Research shortcut.

Setting Up the Proxy

  1. Copy this URL using Edit, Copy (or Control+C). It is very important to get this URL exactly right, with no extra space at the end or beginning:
    http://www.lib.jmu.edu/proxy/jmuproxy.pac
  2. Open Chrome.
  3. Type chrome://settings into the address bar
  4. Click on the Advanced link at the bottom of the page.
  5. Look for the System section, then click the Open Proxy Settings link.
  6. A new Internet Properties window will appear. Click on the Connections tab in the Internet Properties window.
  7. Click on the LAN Settings button.
  8. In the LAN Settings window, uncheck Automatically detect settings.
  9. Click the checkbox beside Use automatic configuration script.
  10. Click in the Address textbox and paste the URL: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/proxy/jmuproxy.pac.
  11. Click OK. You should return to the Connections tab.
  12. Click OK at the bottom of the Internet Properties window.
  13. Close all Chrome windows, and restart Chrome.

Signing out

The first time you click a link that accesses a restricted resource you will be presented with a log in request from the JMU Proxy server. Enter your JMU eID and password. This login will stay in effect until you close the browser window or shut down your computer. If you share your computer with others, it is important that you close your browser before leaving the computer, just as you would with email.

To stop using the proxy: You may stop using the proxy server at any time by undoing the configuration steps and then closing and reopening your browser. For most browsers, deleting the proxy address that you inserted during configuration is optional.

Final Notes on Using the Proxy Server

  • You will not see any difference in using your browser when you click on most links.
  • You will be able to access almost any resource listed on the JMU Libraries’ research resources pages.
  • You may be prompted for your JMU eID and password at sites containing free content. The Washington Post and ZDNet are two common examples. You may choose to either log in or ignore the prompt.
  • A few of the databases require some other form of verification other than the JMU proxy server. Accessing them may generate a separate request for your JMU eID. Examples include the databases Factiva and Mintel Oxygen.
  • Canvas users: Off-campus users who would like to access the libraries’ subscription resources through Canvas must still set up their browser to use the proxy server. Examples include links to full text articles within databases as well as links to databases for searching. Even if you’ve already logged into Canvas, you will still be prompted for your JMU eID when connecting to a subscription resource.