Library:EZproxy/Tools/Bookmarklet

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EZproxy Bookmarklet

The EZproxy Bookmarklet is a great tool if you find yourself often jumping out of an EZproxy session while navigating the web; it's also very useful if you prefer to access e-resources without needing to first visit the Library website (for example, if you are a heavy user of a specific database or like to use Google Scholar as a starting point).

A bookmarklet is like a button you can add to your bookmarks bar in whatever browser you are using; once clicked, the bookmarklet uses JavaScript to dynamically rewrite the page you are currently on and add the EZproxy prefix to its URL. If you are already connected, the reloaded page should present you with the content you're looking for; if you're not, you will first be prompted to login and then will be automatically redirected back to your original page.

How do I install the EZproxy Bookmarklet?

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For Chrome Users

To install the EZproxy Bookmarklet in Chrome, drag the button to your Bookmarks Bar. If your bookmarks bar is hidden, go to the View menu option and select "Always Show Bookmarks Bar." It is recommended that you put the bookmarklet somewhere prominent in the bar (see below image) so it is easy to find and click while researching. You can also edit and rename the bookmarklet.

For Firefox Users

To install the EZproxy Bookmarklet in Firefox, right click on the button and select "Bookmark This Link" to add it to your bookmarks or drag the link to your Bookmarks Toolbar. If your bookmarks toolbar is hidden, go to the View menu option, select "Toolbars" and check "Bookmarks Toolbar." You can also edit and rename the bookmarklet.

For Safari Users

To install the EZproxy Bookmarklet in Safari, drag the button to your Toolbar. If your toolbar is hidden, go to the View menu option and select "Show Toolbar." It is recommended that you put the bookmarklet somewhere prominent in the bar (see below image) so it is easy to find and click while researching. You can also edit and rename the bookmarklet.

For Internet Explorer Users

To install the EZproxy Bookmarklet in Internet Explorer, right click on the button and select "Add to Favorites..." from the menu. If a dialogue box asks you if you'd like to continue, click 'Yes.' In the 'Add a Favorite' options, choose the 'Create In' drop-down menu and select 'Favorites Toolbar. You can also rename the bookmarklet here if you want to. Click Add.

For iPad Users

To install the EZproxy Bookmarklet on an iPad, in Safari save this page as a bookmark, then edit the bookmark to rename it to something more descriptive about it being a bookmarklet for EZproxy, and paste the following JavaScript into the URL field:

javascript:void(location.href="http://ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login?url="+location.href)

How do I use the EZproxy Bookmarklet?

Whenever you are unable to access an e-resource from a website or database or prompted to pay for an article, click on the EZproxy Bookmarklet.

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The page should then reload via EZproxy, providing you with access.

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Known Problems

In order for the EZproxy Bookmarklet to work, you must have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

If you do and are still unable to gain access to a electronic resource, it could be because EZproxy attempted to automatically reload a URL for a page, such as a vendor website error page or a publisher database login page, that does not belong to a resource (i.e. is not actually the page where the article or chapter is hosted). Trying to proxy such a page will therefore not produce the desired result (a link to a resource or full-text download) and instead will redirect you to the following error page:

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In these cases, you may be able to access the resource by using your browser's Back button to navigate before a point where you encountered the vendor or publisher landing page (for example, the link to the resource from Google Scholar). Clicking on the link again should then provide you with direct access.

This error page will also occur when attempting to proxy any non-academic resource website, whether it be Google, UBC's homepage, Wikipedia, or Facebook.

You may also receive this error message if UBC Library does not have licensed access to a particular resource or has not added the resource to its EZproxy config file. If you receive an error message and are denied access to an academic resource that you think the Library may have a license for, please contact the Library's Technical Services Department via the Electronic Resources: Questions and Comments form.