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How do I access resources from off-campus?

Answered By: Jen Saulnier Lange
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2021     Views: 33

When doing research off-campus, your browser may not recognize that you are affiliated with WSU. Below you'll find easy ways to get immediate access to a resource online, without having to stop your research and track down the source on the library's website.

Using LibKey Nomad

If you are doing research outside of the Libraries' website, use LibKey Nomad. LibKey Nomad connects you to full-text library resources with one click. It is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or a Chromium-based browser (Brave, Vivaldi).

To start using LibKey Nomad, install the extension for your browser. Once installed, select Washington State University from the drop-down menu, then navigate to a site like PubMed to see how LibKey Nomad instantly notifies you of available full text and connects you in one click.

Using the WSU Libraries’ Proxy Bookmarklet

If you’re doing research outside of the Libraries’ website using an unsupported browser, use the WSU Libraries’ Proxy Bookmarklet.

Research Roadblock? Gain access with a click

Step 1: Add the bookmarklet to your browser

To add the bookmarklet to your browser, drag & drop the WSU Libraries Proxy link to your bookmark bar. Depending on your browser, bookmarking this link may work differently.

Step 2: Click on the bookmarklet when you need access to full-text

While researching outside of the Libraries’ website or accessing links to resources through your email, you may hit a paywall when trying to access the full-text. To access a resource through the libraries’ subscription, click on your WSU Libraries proxy bookmarklet and login with your WSU network ID and password.

This will either open the full text or take you back to the article’s page, which will look similar, but the URL will show that you are accessing it via the WSU Libraries. When you click on the PDF link, the article will open.

Remember this might not work 100% of the time. If you still can’t access the full text, go to the Libraries website and try looking for it in Search It. You may need to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. For help with issues on using the proxy bookmarklet, please contact Jerry Becker at beckerg@wsu.edu.

To learn more about the Proxy Bookmarklet and how it works, watch the video demonstration below:

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