When trying to get access to an MCW Libraries' resource from off-network, it's best to use the library's web page in order to connect to our resources. Click on the links from within our site and if the resource is only accessible to authorized users, you'll be prompted to log into the library's proxy server with your credentials.
But, we realize that you will not always find resources via the library's web page. If you are at a publisher's site and are blocked from accessing content you know the library subscribes to, click the proxy server bookmarklet installed on your toolbar or in your bookmarks menu. You will be prompted to log into the MCW Libraries proxy server, and after successfully doing so you will get immediate access to the resource.
Why is this useful?
Consider this scenario: While Googling on your home computer, you come across an interesting article in The Lancet that you would like to read, but since you are not connected to your institutional staff network, the website is not letting you access the article. Clicking on the MCW Proxy Bookmarklet link in your list of bookmarks will reload the page prompting you to connect to the MCW Libraries’ proxy server. After successfully logging in to the proxy server, you will have access to the article.
How does it work?
Many online resources require subscriptions to get access. If you are connected to the MCW, CHW, or FH network, access to MCW Libraries' resources is seamless since you are usually authenticated by IP address.
If you are not on your institutional network, logging on to the MCW Libraries' proxy server and using the links on the library’s website grants you access to the MCW Libraries resources.
However, if you are not on your institutional network and you connect directly to a subscription website, like UpToDate or JAMA, you are likely clicking links that do not have a proxied URL. To get your browser to route you through the MCW Libraries' proxy server, install the MCW: Proxy Server Bookmarklet. Instructions for each browser are listed above.
Now, when you're on a web page that you would have access to while on the MCW network, clicking this button will automatically reload the web page with a proxied URL. After logging onto the proxy server, you should have immediate access to the resource.
Things to keep in mind
While this will work for the vast majority of e-journals and e-books, there are a few resources that require a more intricate set-up to enable proxy access. Please refer to SEEK or the All Databases page for the definitive proxy URL if the bookmarklet does not work for off-campus users.
Please note that the bookmarklet will not work for websites that MCW Libraries does not subscribe to. If you click this button and MCW Libraries does not have a subscription to the resource or webpage you may see an error message.
Let us know if you have any difficulties with this!