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Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet

What is it?

The Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet gives you access to resources licensed by the Health Sciences Library even when you are not coming from a recognized UA IP address. While accessing content through our website is always the most effective way to access our licensed content, we recognize that links to ebooks, articles, and journals come from many different sources like Google or your email.

If you've arrived at a URL that you are interested in, like a journal article on a website that is asking you for payment, you can try clicking on the Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet from your bookmarks/favorites (instructions below). If the Health Sciences Library licenses that content, you'll get access as if you were on campus.

Let us know how this bookmarklet works for you. We do know that the bookmarklet doesn't always work in PubMed and are working on that.

How do I install it?

Firefox, Safari, and Chrome installation

Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet
Add this link as a bookmark, preferably on your bookmarks bar.

Internet Explorer installation

Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet

  1. Right click on the link, select "Add to favorites..."
  2. Select "Yes/OK"
  3. To add it to your "Links", go to the menu bar and select "Favorites/Organize Favorites..."
  4. Highlight it and move it to the folder "Links". It will appear in the "Links" drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can also add the bookmarklet to your favorites bar by dragging the above link onto your IE browser favorites bar. 

iPhone/iPad

1. Use the iPhone's, iPad's, or iPod Touch's copy feature to copy the entire following line of text:

javascript:void(location.href='http://ezproxy.library.arizona.edu/login?url='+location.href)

2. Then, tap the action button  at the bottom of the screen (iPhone, iPod Touch) or to the left of the location bar (iPad) and then tap Add Bookmark.  Save the bookmark to your iPad or iPhone's Bookmarks folder.  

3. Lastly, you need to Edit the Bookmark. Tap the bookmarks button  at the bottom or top of the screen (depending on your device). Find the bookmark you just saved (it should be called "Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet | Arizona Health Sciences Library") and hit the Edit button. Choose the Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet and edit the URL on the second line - change the entire URL to the text you copied from above (you should just be able to paste it in if you copied it in step 1). Tap Done until you have saved the edited bookmark.

4. Now, as explained above, when you are using your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and follow a link to a web page that you think the library might provide access to, just tap the Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet bookmark from that web page. If you have not already authenticated, you will be prompted for your UA NetID and password and if the Health Sciences Library licenses that content, you'll get access as if you were on campus.

Android

1. Open the device's web browser.

2. Use the device's copy feature to copy the entire following line of text:

http://library.arizona.edu.ezproxy1.library.arizona.edu

3. Bookmark this page by clicking on the menu icon, then click on Bookmarks, and then click "Add Bookmark"

4. Lastly, you need to Edit the Bookmark. In the Add Bookmark window, click on the Location field.  Press the Delete key (i.e., the keyboard button with an "x" in a white arrow). Then click in the Location field again. In the Edit text window, select Paste to paste the text you copied from step 2. Select OK.

How do I use it?

When you are off campus, the best way to access articles from library-licensed resources is to use the Health Sciences Library website to access the content you're looking for. However, we know that this is not always the way things happen. Sometimes you try to access an article without starting at the Health Sciences Library website. So first, make sure you have the bookmarklet installed. Then, if you are off campus and have found an article you're interested and have not navigated through the Health Sciences Library website,

If you are on a laptop or desktop computer:

  • Click on the Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet in the bookmarks toolbar of your browser, and you’ll be prompted to sign in with your NetID.
  • Enter your NetID and password. If Health Sciences Library subscribes to the journal you were trying to access, the page you had been viewing will be reloaded and you will be able to access the full text of the article.

If you are on a mobile device:

  • Go to your bookmarks and click on the Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet.
  • Enter your NetID and password.  If the library subscribes to the journal you were attempting to access, the page you had been viewing will be reloaded and you will be able to access the full text of the article.

Keep in mind...

The Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet only works with resources the Health Sciences Library has licensed and configured to work with our proxy server.

If used on a resource we do not license and/or have not yet configured, you may see an error message like this: "The website link you are trying to access at ___________ has not been properly configured for UA access. This is probably just an error on our part, but it could be a phishing attempt. If _______ isn't where you were expecting to go you may not want to continue."

We make no attempt to configure our proxy server for every resource, only those we license and for which a UA IP address grants access.

How it works 

A bookmarklet is a combination of a browser bookmark and a JavaScript application. That is to say, it's a bookmark that can be programmed to do things. The Health Sciences Library proxy bookmarklet prepends the Health Sciences Library proxy URL to the current URL in your browser. This allows you to view the URL as though you were on campus (with proper authentication), giving you access to materials licensed for use by the University of Arizona academic community.

If you're not already authenticated, you'll be prompted for your UA NetID and password.

 

Last updated Jul 28, 2016 by smayden