Curtis Laws Wilson Library
400 W. 14th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0060

8 AM - Midnight
7 Days a Week
Closed Campus Holidays

Main office: 573-341-4227
Circulation: 573-341-4008
Interlibrary Loan: 573-341-4006
Reference: 573-341-4007
Fax: 573-341-4233

How to Setup VPN on Mac OS X Library Resources

Please make sure that you have the latest versions of all software.

  1. Mac OS X 10.4.8+ (use "software update" if you have Mac OS X 10.4.x installed to update)
  2. If looking to use SciFinder, please ensure you have downloaded SciFinder Scholar 2007 (this can be acquired at the link below if you do not have the latest version
    1. Link to SciFinder Scholar 2007a for Mac OS X
    2. The first time you run SciFinder on a computer, you will be prompted to register that computer with CAS by sending an email to an address provided on the start-up screen. Follow the instructions on the screen and in the response from CAS. More information can be found here.

Open "Internet Connect" from your Applications Folder.


With the box that appears, choose VPN at the top and then, when given the choice, choose (PPTP).  Next fill in as the server address, and then enter your account name and password (your standard Missouri S&T log/pass as you would use to log into your machine on campus) as shown below.

Note how here I have also saved this configuration as "Missouri S&T".

Click "Connect".

If the status shows a Missouri S&T IP address (131.151.x.x) as shown below... 


Then you are connected to campus.  You may now launch SciFinder Scholar 2006 or use the library catalog and/or databases and it should connect as it would as if you were on campus.