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ASTM Compass: Quick Start Guide: Remote Access

A quick start guide to using the ASTM Compass version 2.0 subscription database available to VDOT employees through the VDOT Research Library.

Access ASTM Compass Off the VDOT Network

All of the library's subscription databases (including ASTM Compass) can be accessed by VDOT employees from Internet connected devices that were not issued by VDOT using the VDOT Virtual Library Card. The library card is free and easy to use, however, three of the library's databases (ASTM Compass, Knovel and Books24x7) require a dedicated user name/password in addition to your Library card credentials if you are not on the VDOT network. Tip: From your personal device or home computer, use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or any browser or device settings that will "remember" your user name and password, so you only have to enter them once. 

Step 3: Access From Off the VDOT Network

When You are ON the VDOT network
You will not be prompted for your Library Card credentials. Simply select a resource from our A-Z list and you will get right in (unless you are using ASTM Compass, Knovel or Skillsoft Books, in which case you will be prompted for the appropriate user name/password). 

When you are OFF the VDOT network
When you try to access a subscription resource from a device off the VDOT network you will be prompted to verify your affiliation with VDOT through your Virtual Library Card user name (which is your VDOT e-mail address) and your Library Card password. The login screen looks like this:

VDOT Virtual Library Card prompt for credentials

Note: Be sure to enter your VDOT e-mail address as your user name and your Library Card password. Your VDOT network password will not work here!

Step 4: Recover Password (If Needed)

Forgot your Library Card password?  You can now reset it yourself. Go to the Library Catalog and select the PASSWORD RESET link, shown below: 

Follow the screen prompts, entering your VDOT e-mail address and the captcha below it, below:

Library Card password reset screen.

You will receive an e-mail to your VDOT account with a temporary password.

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