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. Read more...
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.
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, install the "Proxy This" bookmarket.
Install the "Proxy This" Bookmarklet
How do I proxy any link?
Drag the Proxy This "bookmarklet" button to your browser's bookmark toolbar to install it.
When you click the "bookmarklet", it will read the original URL of the page you are on and rewrite it to 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. (You only need to do this when you are off-campus.)
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.
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. You can order these articles free of charge through Interlibrary Loan. It may also be possible to find an open access version of the article using the Unpaywall browser extension.
What is a "bookmarklet"?