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OpenAthens: Home

This guide explains the library's move to OpenAthens and how to update links and access sources.

Welcome to Open Athens


OpenAthens is our new sign-in method for access to library resources. OpenAthens lets you log in with your NWACC email and password, and stay logged into library resources longer.

How to Login

Use our library links to e-journals, books, and databases so that you can be authenticated as a current student, faculty, or staff member.

These links will take you to the normal NWACC Login page, and then to your chosen journal, video, or ebook.


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What's Changing?

NWACC library has changed from EZproxy to OpenAthens for logging in to library resources.

When sign in is required

  • Users will be asked to sign into library databases each time they access them. 

  • Sign in will be required on campus and off campus. 

  • Users will trigger an OpenAthens session the first time they are asked to authenticate. The session lasts for 8 hours before there is a need to authenticate again. 

Where sign in can occur

  • NWACC Library websites 

  • Canvas 

  • The resource’s main page, such as ScienceDirect and JSTOR 

  • Google or Google Scholar search results 

What links are changing

  • Deep links into databases. 

  • Permalinks and persistent links will all change. 

What is NOT changing?

What is not changing? 

  • Sign in screen 

  • Usernames/passwords 

  • Available content 

  • The A-Z database list links

  • Research guide direct links


This guide was adapted from University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.

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