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Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

Using Other Libraries

What to do with no internet?

If you're doing independent research abroad with no internet you will have to do more preparation before leaving. 

• Print out relevant articles ahead of time (or upload them to a device)  You can upload pdfs to bibliographic management software like Zotero and EndNote and access them without internet. 


Backing Up Data

Backing up your data is essential both prior to going abroad and just in general at college.  There are many different methods to backing up your computer but you should use at least two separate backup methods. Furthermore it is important that copies should be geographically distributed (local vs. remote) If your backpack gets lost while you are abroad would you lose all of your data?

Backup Options

• External Hard drive


Options that require internet:

• Google Docs

• icloud

• Dropbox

Method for Backup (snapshot method)

When you work on a paper or project and finish for the day save it both on your computer and elsewhere. Label the copy by date (eg. COMPS Sunday) and save at least three days worth.  Make sure you keep a certain number of copies and always replace the oldest one. Be sure to back up your files on a regular calendar. 

Consider writing a data management plan. Data management plans are especially useful for larger projects or projects involving multiple people.


The internet abroad

The internet is not the same in every country! Before you go abroad check with Iris or the Academic Technologists to see if you will have access to things like Gmail that you will need while you're abroad.

Also, be aware that things like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and even regular old Google have country-specific platforms and contents. In some cases you may be able to get around these differences by using the a VPN, Proxy, or different URLs.


Install and use Carleton's VPN (this is easiest to do if you're on campus when you install it)


Use a proxy browser, such as TorBrowser, which allows you to select the country you want the internet to think you're from at the moment.


Manually typing in (the .com ending may be all that's needed) or if that's not enough, use (the NCR means "No Country Redirect") will get you results that may be more useable to you.