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This guide offers information about OpenAthens, the library's authentication system for online resources.


OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology. It is replacing our previous system, Web Authentication Management (WAM). OpenAthens offers a more secure and reliable experience for USF library patrons and should resolve the "proxy error" access issue many users have been experiencing.

As part of the implementation, we are gradually moving library online resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, and streaming video) from WAM authentication, to OpenAthens. For those faculty, staff, and students that share permalinks or persistent links to EBSCO/Fusion, ProQuest, or Gale resources in Canvas and elsewhere on the web, to ensure your links continue working, please search again for these sources and update links before the start of the fall semester.

Eventually, all resources will be moved to OpenAthens. To avoid broken links, beginning December 1, please update all other permalinks by the start of the spring semester 2019. 

If you have questions about updating permalinks, please contact


USF students, staff, and faculty must use their myUSF credentials to access online resources regardless of whether they are on or off campus. Users will only need to authenticate to OpenAthens once per session. An OpenAthens session stays active for up to 8 hours, unless you clear you browser cache and cookies. The authentication process will differ based on whether resources are accessed via library websites or directly from a content provider website.

Accessing online resources via library websites

Users accessing online resources via any library website (Fusion search, Ignacio catalog, etc.) will be prompted to sign in through myUSF.

Accessing online resources directly from content provider websites

OpenAthens allows users to access the library's licensed online resources directly from content provider websites, so long as the content provider has this feature configured on their website. Every content provider is different, but users must follow these steps to sign in:

  • Find the "Sign in" or "Login" button on the content provider's website (typically, this is located at the top right corner of the page)
  • If available, select OpenAthens as the sign in method
  • In the Find your organisation search box, input University of San Francisco
  • Sign in through myUSF

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