Proxy Bookmarklet

What is a "bookmarklet"?

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


How do I install this bookmarklet?

  • In IE: right click on this "UM Libraries Proxy 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 "UM Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet" link and select Bookmark This Link, or click and drag the link to your Bookmarks toolbar.

  • In Google Chrome: click and drag the "UM Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet" to the Bookmark Bar. If you don't see your Bookmark Bar, choose View and check Always show Bookmark Bar.

  • For the iPhone, follow these directions.

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.


Why is this useful?

This will allow you to view the URL as though you were in the Libraries, giving you access to materials that are licensed for use by Libraries’ patrons only.

Sometimes you may be alerted to an article or E-Book by a source other than the Libraries, such as email alerts sent by publishers or journals, RSS feeds, blogs or other means.

The bookmarklet lets you access resources licensed by the library from outside the Libraries’ webpages. Clicking the URL you are interested in and then clicking the bookmarklet in your Links (Firefox) or Favorites (IE) list will take you directly to a login page where you can enter your library ID and PIN and have direct access to the resource.


So what is the downside?

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

This bookmarklet will act the same whether you use it from http://www.scopus.com/ (a licensed academic resource for which the Libraries have paid) or http://www.sesameworkshop.org/ (a non-academic resource that the Libraries would not provide access to via the proxy server).

In both cases you will be taken to the UM Libraries' proxy and asked to enter your Library ID and PIN (unless you have previously authenticated). But in the second case you will see a message like.

To allow http://www.sesameworkshop.org/ 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 www.sesameworkshop.org

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

This is because the Libraries' proxy server is not setup to handle www.sesameworkshop.org. The proxy server identifies resources for which the Libraries has paid and occasionally free resources which are of high scholarly value.

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 the Electronic Resources group.


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