Working off-campus? Access e-resources with this browser button

Browsing e-resources on campus is easy. Most of our journal and database providers are able to detect that you are on campus, and give you access to the high-quality content that Penn provides.

Off-campus is another story. If you are looking for articles on the web by using Google Scholar or by going directly to a vendor’s site, and you haven’t logged in (or “proxied”) as a Penn user, we’ve made a little button to help you log in without going all the way back to the Library web site.

noproxy

The button is a page reloader. If you’re looking at an article in a database, and it doesn’t know you’re a Penn Libraries patron, simply click the button, enter your Pennkey / Password, and you’re in.

The button is a browser bookmark. Once it’s added to your browser, access to these resources is one click away no matter where you are.

Browse your resource first, find the content you need, click the bookmark to log in, and continue.

proxied

Each browser handles bookmarks a little differently, but the basic instructions are the same. (For a slightly easier way to do this, visit our Net tools guide).

Start by selecting and copying ALL of the text below:

javascript:void(location.href=%22https://proxy.library.upenn.edu/login?url=%22+location.href)
  • Bookmark this page.
  • Name it something like “UPenn Proxy.”
  • Save the bookmark.
  • Open the Bookmark Manager and edit the entry for “UPenn Proxy” (or whatever you named it).
  • Delete the web address below the bookmark name (all the text in the box starting with “http”).
  • Paste the proxy text into the box.
  • Finish editing by pressing Done, then Done again.

The next time you’re browsing a Penn-provided resource on your mobile or desktop device off-campus, simply click or tap your UPenn Proxy bookmark to sign in for Penn-provided access to that resource.

We have to say, this is all done with a major hat-tip to the University of Michigan MLibrary Labs. Thanks UMich!

UMich also made a great video tutorial. If you’re having trouble picturing this service, take a look:

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Comments

  1. The link didn’t work! Here’s the response when using Safari:

    To allow %22+location.href) to be used in a starting point URL, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize the hostname of this URL in the config.txt file.

    Within this database’s section of config.txt, either the following line must be added:

    Host
    or, alternatively, a RedirectSafe for this host or domain may be appropriate.

    After editing config.txt, the EZproxy server must be restarted to make changes take effect.

  2. I added the Proxy button to my IE 9 Favorites bar. After logging in, I get this message: “To allow http://appsontap.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/working-off-campus-access-e-resources-with-this-browser-button/ to be used in a starting point URL, your EZproxy administrator must first authorize the hostname of this URL in the config.txt file.

    Within this database’s section of config.txt, either the following line must be added:

    Host appsontap.wordpress.com
    or, alternatively, a RedirectSafe for this host or domain may be appropriate.

    After editing config.txt, the EZproxy server must be restarted to make changes take effect.”

  3. It doesn’t work for NEJM. Here’s the page I was trying to access:

    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcpc1302333?query=TOC

    After using the UPenn Proxy (with Safari) I received a 404- Page not found error.

    Any solutions?

    • Kate Atkins says:

      Hi there. So sorry! The links were broken due to a foible of the blog software. I’ve updated the instructions above. Give it another shot?

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