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United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

This guide contains information and access to resources for USIP Researchers.

Tip 1: Log in at database access

USIP users most commonly have online-only access to GW Libraries resources. This means that some of the most visible log-in options on the GW Libraries home page and catalog search will not work for USIP users. 

On the GWU catalog search results page, do not use the "Sign in to get complete results" option as shown in the image below.

Screenshot of the GWU library catalog interface with annotation not to use the "Sign in Here" option

Instead, select the resource you would like to access. On the resource record page, under the heading "View Online", select the database that holds the resource you would like to access, not the "Sign in to request items" option (as in the picture below). You will be prompted to log in to the database using your GWU credentials.

Screenshot of catalog record with annotations to log in at the View Online database, not the Sign in to request items flag.

Tip 2: Use Your GWU Account or an Incognito Browser

USIP users can experience account authentication issues with GW's sign-on service because of cached USIP credentials. When accessing GW databases, you should have the option to select your GW account or your USIP account; be sure to select your account, as shown in the image below.

Screenshot of Microsoft account log in screen

Alternatively, you can use an Incognito (in Google Chrome) or Private (Firefox) browsing option to access GW databases. This will prevent your USIP credentials from overriding your GW account.

Open an Incognito or Private browsing window by selecting the options menu in the top right corner of either Chrome or Firefox and selecting "New Incognito/Private window"

Google Chrome browser options menu, with "New Incognito window" highlighted.


Tip 3: Use VPN

Some subscription resources, such as, require IP address authentication for full access. That means the website needs to register your computer as part of GWU's network.

You can use the GWU Virtual Private Network (VPN) to accomplish this and unlock full access on these sites. The VPN website has full download and log-in instructions. Note: In 2023, GWU switched from AnyConnect to Global Protect as its VPN service application. AnyConnect is not supported as of August 8, 2023.

Screenshot of the GW Global Protect VPN

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