We're moving our current customer-facing systems from HTTP to HTTPS to provide an encrypted, more secure way to communicate between browsers and our services. Additionally, all new ProQuest systems will use HTTPS by default.
ProQuest is requiring access to products and services via HTTPS on our most widely held platforms first, where the update makes the most immediate and largest impact to improved security.
We expect to remove the less secure HTTP capabilities for our systems beginning in June 2017 as shown on the timeline here, at which time you will be required to connect via HTTPS. To be ready for this change, please consider updating systems, links and proxies today.
While links will redirect from HTTP to HTTPS for some time to come, your proxies and links must be updated by you. We encourage you to do this important work now if you haven’t already.
NOTE: Access to your subscribed ProQuest databases has not been affected even if you haven’t made the switch.
This table indicates which ProQuest systems are currently (or will be shortly) capable of HTTPS as of September 5, 2017:
|Is HTTPS Available||If not yet available, date HTTPS Access is expected||Date HTTP Access Ends|
|Alexander Street Academic Video Store (search.alexanderstreet.com/store)||Yes||Available now||January 2018|
|Alexander Street Admin Portal||Yes||Available now||January 2018|
|Alexander Street DORP, PHILO, HARP, STATS||Yes||Available now||January 2018|
|Alexander Street Platform (search.alexanderstreet.com)||Yes||Available now||January 2018|
|Ancestry Library Edition||Yes||Available now||Complete|
|Chadwyck-Healey product line||No||Not expected||When individual products migrate to the ProQuest Platform|
|CultureGrams||Yes||Available now||To be confirmed|
|Digital Microfilm||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|Dissertations Express||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|EBL Librarian||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||Will migrate to Ebook Central|
|EBL Patron||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||Will migrate to Ebook Central|
|Ebook Central Librarian||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||September 26, 2017|
|Ebook Central Patron||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||September 26, 2017|
|ebrary Librarian & Patron||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||Will migrate to Ebook Central|
|eLibrary||No||Late 2017||Will migrate to ProQuest Platform|
|ETD Admin||No||Not expected||To be confirmed|
|Fold3 Library Edition||Yes||Available now||To be confirmed|
|HeritageQuest Online||Yes||Available now||Complete|
|Historic Map Works Library Edition||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|History Study Center||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|Legacy RefWorks - contact customer support for HTTPS assistance||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||Summer 2017|
|Literature Online||Yes||Available now||July 10, 2017|
|MyiLibrary||Yes||N/A||Will migrate to Ebook Central|
|My Products Portal||Yes||Available now||To be confirmed|
|Newspapers.com Library Edition||Yes||Available now||To be confirmed|
|OASIS||Yes||Available now||March 2018|
|Pi2 Drug Safety Triager||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||August 2017|
|ProQuest Administrator Module||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||July 10, 2017|
|ProQuest Archiver||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)||Yes||Available now||July 10, 2017|
|ProQuest Dialog (dialog.proquest.com)||Yes||Available now||September 28, 2017|
|ProQuest Learning: Literature||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|ProQuest Platform (search.proquest.com)||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||July 10, 2017|
|ProQuest Research Companion||Yes (Must Be Configured)||Available now||July 10, 2017|
|Digital Sanborn Maps||No||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|SIRS||Yes||Available now||To be confirmed|
|The New RefWorks||Yes||Available now||Summer 2017|
Have you checked? (or work with Technical Support at your library to check):
Question: Why is ProQuest making this transition?
Answer: ProQuest is updating its services to better secure our products and our customers’ experience. Many sites are transitioning to HTTPS as it provides improved security overall.
Question: Can we update our links to HTTPS before the transition date?
Answer: Yes! We recommend changing the links as soon as possible to provide time to test the change. You will need to configure your proxy solutions for SSL/HTTPS before making the change. Please contact the proxy vendor support or consult their documentation for further instructions.
Question: Will my workflow be impacted by the switch to HTTPS?
Answer: No. Your current workflows will continue to operate as they do today, with the added security and privacy that comes with HTTPS.
Question: Where can I find the EXProxy stanzas for ebook products?
Question: Which version of EZProxy is required for the switch to HTTPS? My library may be running an older version of EZProxy.
Answer: We require using EZproxy version 6.2.2. Please note OCLC ended support for version 5.7.44 on August 31, 2017. You can get more information on upgrading to the latest version of EZProxy on the OCLC website.
Question: The OCLC stanza does not appear to be updated for HTTPS. Will this be updated before the July 10 cutover?
Answer: Yes, we are working with OCLC to update the stanza on their website. For now, you’ll find the updated stanza on the ProQuest Support Center:
Question: How will HTTP URLs for ProQuest be handled after the transition?
Answer: ProQuest URLs that use HTTP instead of HTTPS will still work with the transition. We will automatically redirect HTTP ProQuest URLs to their HTTPS versions. To make these redirects work properly with your proxy solutions, make sure your proxy software is configured to work with SSL/HTTPS. See the OCLC website for instructions on doing this for EZproxy. For WAM proxy, contact Innovative Interfaces Support for assistance.
Question: How long will the redirect from HTTP to HTTPS be available?
Answer: We do not have any definitive timetable for the removing the redirect — so we ask that you update your links to HTTPS as soon as possible.
Question: What change must be made to our ProQuest URLs to account for the transition?
Answer: All you must do is change the HTTP:// in your URLs to HTTPS://. Additional configuration may be needed for your proxy solutions. Refer to the proxy vendor’s documentation or support teams for configuring these solutions for SSL/HTTPS.
Question: Some products are not listed in your announcement for HTTPS. Will these products be transitioned?
Answer: Depending on the product, they may be transitioned later as resources allow. Some products may be migrated to the ProQuest Academic platform at a later date, and some products may be discontinued. For details, contact ProQuest Technical Support.
Question: Does this transition impact Shibboleth/OpenAthens customers?
Answer: Our Shibboleth/OpenAthens authentication servers already support HTTPS and you can feel free to update your ProQuest URLs to the HTTPS versions now. There are no changes needed on your Shibboleth/OpenAthens servers as all changes will be handled on the server-side by ProQuest and the Federation from which you access ProQuest.
Question: Does this transition affect customers using Referring URL authentication?
Answer: Yes, for the ProQuest platform. Because of the way Referring URL information is passed, the website the ProQuest link is placed on (the referrer) must also be HTTPS. We recommend making sure that your library web pages support HTTPS before this transition happens or contact ProQuest Technical Support for alternative forms of authentication (Proxy Server, Barcode or Shibboleth/OpenAthens).
No changes are expected for customers using Referring URL authentication on Ebook Central.
Question: Does this transition affect customers using Barcode Authentication?
Answer: Customers using Barcode Authentication on the ProQuest platform should update their link to HTTPS, but in the meantime, he system will redirect them to the HTTPS version of the barcode authentication after the July 10 transition.
No changes are expected for customers using Barcode Authentication on Ebook Central.
Contact us and we will be happy to assist.