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Library Announces Enhanced Database Access


September 18, 2000

Access to any APSU library database, any time and from any place. That's the promise of new software acquired by APSU's Woodward Library in August.

The name--Remote Patron Authentication or RPA--is offputting, but the outcome is that the library is even more user-friendly.

Acquisition of RPA means that all library databases--including Expanded Academic, CINAHL, Business & Company, MLA Bibliography, PsycINFO, and ERIC--can be accessed through any computer with an Internet connection. "From home, your laptop, across the country, or on another continent," library spokesperson Debra Fetch reports.

"The bottom line is that Austin Peay faculty and staff no longer have to come to the library to use the library," Fetch says. "This gives them a greater degree of freedom." The only thing you need to make use of RPA is your password, which is your social security number, including the dashes.

To use RPA, connect to Then select a database from "Finding Information" or the Quick Links box. If you're on campus, you'll be connected directly to the database. If you're off-campus, a screen will prompt you for your social security number. If you're an Austin Peay employee or student, you're in. Questions? Contact a librarian or go to

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