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What’s My IP?

It is often useful, when testing or troubleshooting access problems (especially when a user is having trouble accessing an electronic resource such as a database or e-journal), to find out one’s IP address. There are a number of commercial sites which provide this service, along with a bunch of ads. In its neverending quest to be everything to everyone, Google is now also doing this – and it’s probably the easiest way to obtain this information. Just go to and type “IP” into the search box; at the top of your search results you will see something like: “Your public IP address is – Learn More”

This trick will also work in DuckDuckGo, which gives you your city/state/zip code in addition to your IP address. (How does it know where you are? Your IP address includes that information. Sneaky little IP address!)

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Thanks to Lifehacker for this useful tip!

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