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Find Full Texts: Proxy Bookmarklet

Guide on finding full-text using Find it! @NUS Libraries, ProxyBookmarklet and LibKey Nomad

Using Proxy Bookmarklet

The proxy bookmarklet automatically inserts the NUS Libraries proxy stem (libproxy1.nus.edu.sg) 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).

Video on How to Set up Proxy Bookmarklet and also Find it! @NUS Libraries in Google Scholar

Install Proxy Bookmarklet in your preferred browser

Refer to the Installation Instructions in this guide, on how to install the proxy bookmarklet for different browsers. 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 https://libfaq.nus.edu.sg/faq/71426.

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 askalib@nus.edu.sg.

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).

Installation instructions for different browsers

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.
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".
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='https://libproxy1.nus.edu.sg/login?url='+location.href);​

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.