New Login Method for Some Databases

As you may have noticed, we have been rolling out a new login method for some of the research databases and other resources.

Willy Wonka meme - Change is FunWhy change?

  • The new log in process uses your existing Otis credentials.
  • There is no need to create and manage additional usernames and passwords, such as for lyndaCampus at Otis or ebrary.
  • Email verification is not necessary, such as had been the case for lyndaCampus at Otis.
  • The authentication process is usually faster and more efficient than the the proxy server.
  • Permalinks to articles are much simpler; no special proxy prefix is necessary. For example, compare to (Don’t worry – the old links will continue to work.)
  • If you visit one of the sites without going through Otis’ website, you will still be able to log in.

What has changed?

What’s the catch?

Some personalized settings may be lost. In most cases, you can migrate information from your old account to your new account. If you need help, please contact us.

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The first time you log into the site, you have the opportunity to transfer your account history, bookmarks, etc. to the new account.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using your Otis credentials.
  3. Click the button “I’ve had an account
  4. Enter your old username (your full Otis email address) and password. If you do not remember them, you can use the forgot password utility.
  5. Click on the button “Transfer my account.”
  6. You will receive confirmation that the account has been moved successfully.


If you had created an optional MyEbrary account, you can migrate your bookshelf, notes, highlights, and links to your new account. Send an email to with:

  • your old username, which is your full Otis email address, e.g. or
  • your new username, which will be otis_shib_YourXnumber, e.g. otis_shib_X20109876

What hasn’t changed?

Some resources are still available using the proxyserver links. We are working to migrate them to the new authentication process in the future.

If you need more help, please come to the Millard Sheets Library.