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Proxy-fy your links to Regent Library resources

Posted by comartslibrarian on January 11, 2007

A common problem that’s plagued librarians and library users alike has been the issue of building permanent hyperlinks to citations and full-text articles within library databases. One stumbling block involves adding a ‘proxy string’ to the beginning of these hyperlinks, so off-campus users can be properly authenticated and redirected to the appropriate article.

Here’s a bookmarklet that works in IE or Firefox which should help address this issue:

1) Click here and follow the instructions on this page: Proxy via Regent U. Library

2) The next time you hit an ‘access denied’ screen from a Regent database, click on this bookmark. You will be redirected to the Library’s login page to enter your RegentID and password. Once you’re authenticated, you should be redirected back to that article!

Let me know if you have any questions or problems using this. My thanks to Jonathan Rochkind at John Hopkins U. for passing along this suggestion. It gave me an opportunity to build my first javascript bookmarklet. 🙂

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