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How to Access


1. Welcome

This help page provides the information you need to access free and subscribed content on the Social Explorer site.

If you do not find the information you need, other useful resources include:

  • FAQ page, which answers specific customer service and technical questions;
  • About page which offers a range of general information and details about the Social Explorer site and OUP’s relationship with Social Explorer;


2. Publicly Available Content

A scaled-down version of Social Explorer is freely available to the general public. You may access it by going to the maps or reports section on the site. There you will find hundreds of maps and reports from the 2000 Census, as well as a limited set of additional data.


3. Accessing the Premium Site

After your subscription setup is complete, there are a variety of ways to access the site.


               3.1 Username and Password





If you have password access to the site, type your username and password into the login fields from the link on the home page.

Remember that your password is case-sensitive.

If you have forgotten your password, click here.

If you have problems logging in, please contact Customer Service.

Some institutions require a username and password authentication. If you do not know your institution’s log in details, please consult your librarian or administrator.


3.2 Automatic Authentication

Automatic authentication is the most common means of accessing the contents of Social Explorer. Most institutions will set up their access via IP-authentication or URL referrer. If you come to the site through a subscribing institution, you will automatically be logged in when you access the site - you don’t have to do anything.

If you believe your institution subscribes, but you are not automatically logged in when you go to the site, please consult your librarian or library administrator. If you are trying to access Social Explorer from off-site, you may need to use your institution’s procedures for accessing resources remotely.

Librarians, you can find out about setting up your institution via Subscriber Services.

3.3 EZ-Proxy setup

To set up EZ-Proxy you will need to add the following configuration string to your EZ-Proxy settings:

Title Social Explorer


Social Explorer requires the following configuration in config.txt/ezproxy.cfg:

Title Social Explorer


IMPORTANT: should be the landing page users are
taken to when they click on the Social Explorer database in your list of online databases.
If you have any trouble you may contact



4. Subscriber Services

Institutional subscribers to Social Explorer can access their account details, update account information, and retrieve usage statistics through Oxford University Press (OUP) administration portal.

If you purchased a license to via Oxford University Press you can find additional information related to your subscriber services management here: Subscriber Services.