If I use the computers in the Libraries to do my research, are there ways vendors can tell who I am? Or am I anonymous?
When you log in with your Internet ID and password, these pieces of information are not passed to the database or e-journal vendor. They are merely checked against the publicly available University of Minnesota Student/Staff Directory to ensure that you are a current U of M affiliate. (You can access the directory at this website: http://www.umn.edu/lookup)
From this transaction, all the vendor knows is whether or not your computer's IP number belongs to the U of M-TC campus.