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Off-Campus Access

What is a "proxy server"?

Normally, you have to be on-campus or follow a link from the Library's website in order to access Le Moyne's subscriptions to online journals, e-books and databases. Links that the library provides are written in a special way so that they pass through the Library's proxy server. The proxy server acts to make it seem to the resource you want to access that you are on-campus, even if you are not. 

If you are on-campus, you may never have realized this was even happening. On the other hand, when you are off-campus, in order to gain access to these subscription-restricted research materials, the proxy server requires you to first login using your Le Moyne user ID and password. This login proves to the proxy server that you are a current Le Moyne student, staff or faculty member who is entitled to access to the subscribed resource. 

Proxy Login Example

Login using either your campus computer account or your campus ID card

So, what happens if you come across a link to a journal article or e-book via a Google search when you are off-campus? In all likelihood, you won't be able to access that resource even if the Library subscribes to it because its URL hasn't been reformatted to use the Le Moyne proxy server!  

To remedy this problem, either download the LibX browser extension or install the "Proxy This" bookmarket. 


"Proxy This" Bookmarklet

How do I proxy any link?

Drag the following link to your browser's bookmark bar. Test it next time you are off-campus. 

Proxy This

When you click the "bookmarklet", it will rewrite the original URL of the page you are on and send it through the Le Moyne proxy server. If the page is for a Le Moyne subscription, you can login to the proxy server to gain access to that resource. 

Note! If the resource is not a Le Moyne subscription, you will get an error message: "The address you are trying to access is invalid." This means that the resource very likely is not something that the Library subscribes to. Just hit the back button of your browser to return to the unproxied URL. Note also that Library subscriptions may not include all the content of a given e-resource. For example, some publishers have backfiles of older material that are not included in current subscriptions and have to be purchased separately. 

When in doubt, check the "Find Articles" Library guide or contact a librarian for help. 

What is a "bookmarklet"? 

Bookmarklets are browser bookmarks that contain a contain a tiny bit of JavaScript code instead a link to a page. Clicking the bookmarklet runs the program. The "Proxy This" bookmarklet rewrites the URL in your browser address bar to include the proxy server address and then loads that new URL in the browser. 

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