It's simple: use the library's website to find the electronic resource you want (database, journal, e-book, etc.), and you will be prompted to log in with your MAC ID when you click the link. No VPN required.
You can report off-campus access issues though this form.
If you click a link from the library website to an off-site resource (e.g. PubMed or Google Scholar) you will be prompted for your MAC ID. Upon logging in, you will be taken to the website and authenticated as a McMaster University Library user.
To get links to full-text from your Google Scholar results, set up your preferences in Google Scholar:
Your search results in Google Scholar will now have find it @ Mac and/or get it @ Mac links that you can click to get to the full-text in the library's electronic collection.
Sometimes you might follow a link to one of our subscribed online resources from somewhere other than the library website (like an email message or another webpage), and because you didn't start at the Library website, you are not recognized as a subscriber.
Enter the Off-campus Access bookmarklet! It's a script or short program you can add to your browser that allows you to quickly authenticate yourself as a McMaster user and access content that requires a subscription.
Installing the Bookmarklet
Using the Bookmarklet