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Starting Your Research Series

Discover how to start your academic research with this guided tutorial.

Setting Up & Connecting

The campus' Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides the VPN and has clear set-up instructions.  Follow the steps below.  Visit the hyperlinked web pages.

Step 1:

  • Locate the setup instructions you need, based on your operating system, from OIT’s Knowledge siteNote: This link will open in a new tab.  Return to this tab to finish the rest of this activity.
  • Scroll down and click on VPN (Virtual Private Network).
  • Select UC Merced VPN.
  • Follow the links to reach the Instructions / Installation Guide.
  • Proceed to set-up the VPN on your device. You only need to install it once.

Step 2:

  • When at an off-campus location, connect to the VPN before you start your research. Locate the connecting instructions you need on OIT’s Knowledge site.
  • You will connect with your UCMnetID and password.
  • You will need to complete your 2-Factor Authentication.
  • You may connect to the VPN an unlimited number of times as a UC Merced student.

image of vpn on various devices

from Stefan Coders @ Pixabay


If you have any difficulties with the VPN set-up, please visit the OIT's website for assistance options. You can contact them via chat, phone, schedule an appointment, or visit one of their locations.

Check for Understanding

You are now ready for a short 4 question quiz.  Click the Next button to proceed.