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UWpg LibProxy Bookmarklet

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In cases where you were not directed through the Library website or catalogue to a subscription ("for fee") resource, the UWpg LibProxy bookmarklet will help you with access resources from off campus as if you were on the University of Winnipeg campus.

Why use the UWpg LibProxy bookmarklet?

When you are off campus, licensed resources such as journal articles or eBooks should normally be accessed though links on the Library's website or in the Library Catalogue. Such links are already adjusted or configured to route you through the Library's proxy server, allowing you to be authenticated as a member of the University of Winnipeg community.

Direct links to licensed resources, such as those found in a Web search, in a blog or RSS feed, or received in an email alert, require the same adjustment, or you will not be recognized as an authorized user and will be denied access to the site's content. The UWpg LibProxy bookmarklet performs this adjustment with a single click.

What is a "bookmarklet"?

A bookmarklet is a small program that is embedded in your browser as a bookmark. The termbookmarklet is a combination of bookmark and applet.

How do I install the UWpg Library Proxy Bookmarklet?

  • In IE: right click on this "UWinnipeg LibProxy Bookmarklet" link and select Add to Favorites, or click and drag the link to your Links toolbar. You might see a security alert that the "favorite may not be safe", although it is. Click yes to continue.
  • In Mozilla/Firefox: right click on this "UWinnipeg LibProxy Bookmarklet" link and select Bookmark This Link, or click and drag the link to your Bookmarks toolbar.
  • In Google Chrome: click and drag the "UWinnipeg LibProxy Bookmarklet" to the Bookmark Bar. If you don't see your Bookmark Bar, choose View and check Always show Bookmark Bar.

NOTE: This is compatible with most web browsers and platforms as long as your bookmarks or favorites allow javascript. The Links toolbar (IE) or Bookmarks toolbar (Firefox) may not be visible in all setups and in most browsers, you can enable the bookmarklet by clicking the View -> Toolbars menu of your web browser.

For iPhone (or iPad if needed), see the UM Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet (iPhone version) and substitute the bookmark address they provide with the following:

javascript:void(location.hostname=location.hostname+'.libproxy.uwinnipeg.ca')

How do I use the UWpg LibProxy Bookmarklet?

Commonly, many receive Table of Contents (ToC) alerts for new issues of journals for which the Library has a subscription. If you are off-campus, the UWpg LibProxy Bookmarklet will make it easier to access the article you want.

  • Open the ToC alert in your email and click on the link for the article you want to access
  • When the link loads in the browser, click on the via EzProxy bookmarklet you have saved
  • You will be directed to the Library proxy server to authenticate and once you authenticate with your Novell (also known as Webadvisor or Nexus) username and password, you will be redirected back to the article and should have full access to the full content as you would from on-campus (without having to purchase the article).

 Similarly, you may find a link in Nexus that has not been properly prefixed with our LibProxy prefix (http://libproxy.uwinnipeg.ca/login?url=) or you may come across a DOI for an article (e.g. 10.1002/asi.21656) or a book (e.g. 10.1007/978-0-387-85820-3) when off-campus and once you have resolved it using the DOI resolver (e.g. http://dx.doi.org), you may want to see if the Library has subscription access to the resource. Clicking on the via EzProxy bookmarklet will route you through the proxy and provide access to the full resource (providing we would normally have subscription access from on campus).

So what is the downside?

The bookmarklet will fail if the URL does not belong to a licensed resource that the University of Winnipeg Library has identified in its proxy server.

This bookmarklet will act the same whether you use it from http://www.springerlink.com/ (a licensed academic resource for which the Library has paid and configured in its proxy server) or http://treehousetv.com/ (a non-academic resource that the UWpg Library would not provide access to via its proxy server).

In both cases you will be taken to the University of Winnipeg Library's proxy and asked to enter your Novell (also known as WebCT or Webadvisor) username and password (unless you have previously authenticated). But in the second case you will see a message like the following:

To allow http://treehousetv.com/ to be used in a starting point URL, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize the hostname of this URL in the ezproxy.cfg file.

Within this database's section of ezproxy.cfg, the following line must be added:

Host treehousetv.com

The EZproxy server must then be restarted to make the change take effect.

This is because the Library's proxy server is not setup to handle treehousetv.com. The proxy server identifies resources for which the Library has paid and occasionally free resources which are of high scholarly value.

The Library's proxy server, however, does include a proxy configuration for Google Scholar. As with some of our licensed resources and journal databases, not all resources available in the results of some searches will be freely available; however, you should be able to access via the proxy any results that you would normally be able to access while on campus.

If you receive an error message like the one above when you are trying to access a licensed resource that should be setup in the proxy server, please contact Library Systems.