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About EPIC for New Zealand Schools

This page provides staff and students of New Zealand schools with information about the Ministry of Education funded EPIC e-resource subscriptions on behalf of all New Zealand schools. Including information about:

Ministry of Education funding

The Ministry of Education is a member of the EPIC consortium and annually subscribes to a range of quality, curriculum related subscription e-resources through EPIC to make them freely available to all New Zealand schools.

Like all other members of EPIC, the Ministry of Education makes an annual decision about whether they will continue subscribing to resources through EPIC and what resources they include in the subscription.

The annual EPIC subscription period is 1 April - 31 March. The Ministry of Education have funded access to the current e-resource subscriptions on behalf of New Zealand schools through to 31 March 2019.

The EPIC e-resources

The e-resources included in the Ministry of Education funded subscription provide access to a wide range of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, encyclopaedia and reference works, books and images, as well as sound and video clips, unique New Zealand content and so much more.

Accessing the EPIC e-resources

Links to access all of the EPIC resources included in the Ministry of Education subscription are available either:

You can also set up your own links to access the individual EPIC e-resources and/or content within the resources by following the instructions at http://epic.org.nz/schools/direct-links.

All you need to do is click on the link or product button of the EPIC resource that you want to access. At this point, you will either get direct access to the resource or you will be prompted for your EPIC school logins to get access.

Access restrictions

The terms and conditions of use for the Ministry of Education funded EPIC resources (see: EPIC terms and conditions of use in the right sidebar) restrict access to staff and students of New Zealand schools, strictly for personal use or educational purposes in connection with the educational activities of the school. To ensure that access is restricted only to these users, there is a requirement for users to be authenticated as such in order to access each resource.

This is done in two ways:

  1.  The IP (Internet Protocol) ranges of the N4L Managed Network are authenticated for access to all of the EPIC resources. This means that if a staff member or student from a school that is networked through the N4L Managed Network attempt to access a link to an EPIC resource from within their school network, they are seamlessly recognised as an authenticated user and will get direct access. (Over 98% of New Zealand schools are networked through the N4L Managed Network).
  2.  Users that attempt to access a link to an EPIC resource outside of the N4L Managed Network (i.e. from home or from within a school that is not networked through the N4L Managed Network) will be prompted for their EPIC school logins.

EPIC school logins

Each New Zealand school has unique EPIC logins which can be used by all staff and students of the school to access the EPIC resources from any web enabled device, anywhere. By logging in to access an EPIC resource using the EPIC school logins, the user is accepting the terms and conditions of use. Therefore, although the logins can be widely shared amongst the school community, it is a breach of the terms and conditions of use to share the logins with people outside of the school community.

Usage statistics

Overall usage statistics for the resources included in the Ministry of Education funded subscriptions are collated monthly by EPIC and reported on regularly to the Ministry of Education.

The usage statistic, however, are not differentiated down to individual school level. The reason for this is that the Ministry of Education is considered to be one subscriber by each of the EPIC vendors (in the same way that a public or university library would be considered one subscriber).

Troubleshooting access issues

The following are troubleshooting tips if you encounter issues accessing the EPIC resources in the Ministry of Education funded subscription on behalf of New Zealand schools.

  • Confirm that you are using the correct method to access the EPIC resources by following the step by step instructions on how to access EPIC. The method to access the EPIC resources changed in 2015-2016. In the past, users were required to login prior to accessing the EPIC resources. This has caused confusion with some users who have attempted to use the TKI Education Sector login which can be found at the top of all Te Kete Ipurangi website pages, including the EPIC access page at at http://www.tki.org.nz/epic
  • Confirm that you are using the correct EPIC school login. For EPIC school login queries, email epic@epic.org.nz.
  • A common issue is that (in some cases) the school's firewall software blocks access to the EPIC authentication mechanism EZproxy. If this is the case, a timeout message will appear asking you to check the proxy and firewall. To stop this from happening, get your school IT person to either create an exception to the 'proxy.website' filter in the firewall or contact the firewall vendor to ask for an application signature for EZproxy so that they can create a specific exception to this in the firewall.

If none of the above resolve the issue, please document what has happened, including the following:

  • Which EPIC resource/s you are trying to access
  • Where you are accessing the resource/s from (i.e. at school or elsewhere)
  • Which website you are using to access the resources (i.e. http://epic.org.nz/schools, http://www.tki.org.nz/epic or links from your own site, catalogue etc - if so, please document this information as well)
  • Any exception/fault messages that come up, or what happens when you click on a link (include screenshots if possible).

Email this information to epic@epic.org.nz