How To: Accessing UW Library Databases

This tutorial shows you how to access an article in a University of Washington Library database (such as ACM) from off-campus by beginning at the UW Library website.. If you are on campus, the steps are the same, except there is no need for the off-campus login steps.

However, some people use the library proxy bookmarklet rather than beginning research at the UW Libraries web site. More info on that option is available at

  1. Go to
  2. Select the “off campus login” link – upper right-hand corner

    library off campus login

  3. Enter your UWNetID and password

    UW login screen

  4. The Library website shows you are logged in

    library - logged in

  5. Follow the “Research Databases” link

    research databases link

  6. To find a specific database, type the name in the search box:

    search databases

  7. The search result lists the database; click its name:

    search result

  8. Each database has its own search options. This is the ACM Digital Library:ACM Digital Library
  9. In the following screen shots, I have used the ACM advanced search to find this article:Davis, R. (2001, February). The Digital Dilemma. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp 77-83.

ACM Advanced Search

Advanced Search Screen – click image to see larger view

ACM Advanced Search

Advanced Search Screen With Search Terms – click image to see larger view

Search Results

Search Results – The Article In Question – click image to see larger view

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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