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Find Library Resources: Search Tools & Tips - Set These up in Your Device!

The guide to help you search for items within NUS Libraries

Main resource guide on Find it! @NUS Libraries: Find It! @NUS Libraries

What is findit3?                       The search results page in databases such as Scopus and the Web of Science typically display the article details and abstracts. Look out for the Find it! @NUS Libraries links that provide access to full texts. When you click on a Find it! @NUS Libraries link, the system checks if the source title is subscribed by NUS Libraries. Once confirmed, the page will be reloaded with the full text options.
Why use findit3?               Search engines like Google Scholar provides brief details for its search results with no access to the full texts of titles that are not freely available. Clicking on the Find it! @NUS Libraries link enables the system to check if the Library subscribes to the e-version. If yes, the full text options will be displayed. To set up the Find it! @NUS Libraries links in Google Scholar, refer to the instructions on this page.


Clicking on findit3would not work if...     


  • NUS Libraries does not subscribe to the e-version of the full-text.
  • ​There is a technical issue preventing a successful link to the e-version of the full-text.

Try search the library catalogue (LINC) for a print copy in our collection.


Set up Find it! @NUS Libraries to locate full text in Google Scholar search results

Google Scholar results will link you directly to the required online journal article or book chapter but you would likely not have access to the full-text, particularly if the source title is subscribed by the Library. This is because you are not authenticated via NUS Libraries' proxy. To access the full-text, set up your Google Scholar settings to link it to the NUS Libraries' collection. The steps are as follows:

  1. ​Go to Google Scholar ( At the top left panel, click on the hamburger menu icon (note: this icon may move around a bit..):


  1. Select Settings on the resulting screen. Click on Library Links:


  1. At the "Show library access..." screen, key in NUS and click Enter.  Click Save:

  1. Now you're ready test if your settings work. Search for a topic in Google Scholar, eg. Forest City Malaysia Chinese. The Find it! @NUS Libraries links will now appear to the right of some articles in your search results.  Click on these links to see if the full texts are available in our collection.

cautionGoogle Scholar includes books and book chapters as well as articles.  The Find It! button won't work for document types that are only available in print (not online).

Main resource guide on ProxyBookmarklet: Proxy Bookmarklet - Find Full Texts

What does ProxyBookmarklet do?

The proxy bookmarklet automatically inserts the NUS Libraries proxy stem ( into the URL of an article/e-book. Once you have successfully installed the bookmarklet in your browser, simply click on it when you are on the publisher's page that requires you to pay or login to view full text. The system checks if the required title is within the Library's subscription. If yes, the page reloads and subsequently provides you with the full text options.

What if you get an error message or still cannot access full text using the proxy bookmarklet?

cautionThe proxy bookmarklet may not work in the following conditions:

  • NUS Libraries do not have a subscription to the title.
  • NUS Libraries have not yet configured the proxy to work with that page.

If for some reason the proxy bookmarklet does not yield any results, search for the source title in the Library catalogue (LINC). It is possible that the required title is available via another vendor site or in print copy (not online).

Installation Instructions (based on your browser)

Google Chrome     Chrome
  1. Click (hold) and drag this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet> to the "Bookmarks" bar.
    If you don't see your Bookmark bar, go to the top right, click the "Customize and control Google Chrome icon" chromeoptions > select Settings > under the Appearance section, select Show bookmarks bar button. 
    Alternatively press Ctrl + Shift + B.
Moxilla Firefox 
  1. Right click on this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet>
  2. Select "Bookmark This Link".
    Alternatively, click (hold) and drag the link to the "Bookmarks" toolbar.
Safari safari
  1. Click (hold) and drag this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet> to the "Bookmarks" bar.
Microsoft Edge edge
  1. You need to first save the bookmarklet into Internet Explorer or Chrome, then import the favorites into Edge. If you have existing favorites in Edge, you would need to delete them before re-importing.
Mac users Mac

        If you are having problems doing drag and drop in Safari or Chrome safari, do the following:

  1. Create a new bookmark of any page.
  2. Go into the browser and edit the name and the URL of the bookmarklet you just created. The name can be anything you choose but the URL should be ​javascript:void(location.href=''+location.href);​
Internet Explorer :
  1. Right click on this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet>.
  2. Select "Add to favorites...".
  3. If you wish to add to "Links", go to "Favorites" and drag and drop the bookmarklet to "Links".
Other alternative browsers (e.g Opera):
  1. In theory you can use any of the links above (e.g the link for Firefox) to create a bookmarklet as per the normal steps for that browser. However the library and most library databases from vendors do not officially support alternative browsers, so it is not advisable to surf library resources using these browsers. Even if the proxy bookmarklet works other problems might crop up.


Did I install correctly? Why do I get the message "URL Not Configured"?

After installing, you can then use the bookmarklet on any vendor/publisher (e.g JSTOR or ScienceDirect) page that requires payment or login to view full text. Notice that after clicking on the bookmarklet, the library proxy stem is automatically inserted into the document URL as shown below:

The installation instructions usually requires that you RIGHT CLICK (instead of doing the normal left click) to set up the bookmarklet. 

If the error message (shown below) appears, it means that you have not right clicked, but have instead chosen to use the bookmarklet on *this* NUS page and it does not work!

URL Not Configured

You are trying to access a resource that the NUS Library Proxy Service has not been configured to work with.

If you are using the proxy bookmarklet, please read the FAQ at

If you need further help in locating a specific article that you have found online, please send an email with the article citation (including the article title, author, journal title, published year, etc.) and the following information to

Make sure you have installed the proxy bookmarklet correctly and that you are using it on the correct page (i.e. vendor/publisher page, and not on the NUS Libraries' page).

LibKey Nomad logo

Main resource guide on LibKey Nomad: LibKey Nomad - Find Full Texts

What is LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides single click access to library content from publisher websites, such as PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Wikipedia and more.

How do I install Nomad?

Installation in Chrome, Edge, Brave & Vivaldi is simple!

Just visit and click the "Add to Chrome" button. For Firefox, click Your browser will then ask you to confirm. Select NUS as the institution and you are all set.
Alternatively, visit Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons and search for "LibKey Nomad" to install it.

Do you need to create an account to use Nomad?

No :) There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials. Libkey Nomad is active only when the user is on the web page of a scholarly publisher or database, all other domains are ignored.

Where to find more information? Refer to LibKey Nomad Technical FAQ

How does LibKey Nomad look like?

LibKey with Chrome image    LibKey on PubMed image    LibKey on Wikipedia image

What do all the labels mean?

Here is a detailed description of what each of these labels means:

Download PDF In a single click, the user should either see a PDF on their screen or be prompted to download a PDF immediately. If authentication is required for the user, they will be prompted to sign in, turn on their VPN, etc as required. The PDF document is either coming directly from the publisher or is the publisher's version (according to unpaywall data) but held in a repository such as PubMed Central, EuroPMC or a university repository.
Access Options The library's link resolver will be linked here.
Article Link The same as the above with the exception that the user will NOT see a PDF, they will see a web page which either has the full text in HTML or also has the PDF, but one more link is required to access it.
Manuscript PDF The article has been found in the form of an Accepted Manuscript in a repository. While the content has been peer-reviewed it is unlikely to be formatted for publishing so may appear as an unformatted Word Document, etc. These documents never require authentication.
Manuscript Link Same as the above, except one more click is required to get to the PDF, if the PDF is even available. No authentication is required.

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