Accessing Licensed Resources FAQ
Inserting the Proxy String:
- browser bookmarklet
- TinyURL button
- iPhone bookmarklet
VPN: an alternative access option
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Access to Electronic Resources:
Inserting the Proxy String with a Bookmarklet on iPhones
If you've ever tried to browse articles on an iPhone from off-campus, you've probably gotten stopped with an error message about insufficient permissions. There's an easy way around that! If the content is available through the MIT Libraries, you can easily load the article by using a bookmarklet on your iPhone. Here's how:
- Open your iPhone browser and add a bookmark by by clicking "+"
- Change the name of the bookmark to "MIT Lib Proxy" (or something else that will make sense to you) and save.
- Go to your list of bookmarks and click "edit."
- Choose the bookmark you just created, and change the address to the following text:
(Instead of re-typing it, you could email this text to yourself, copy it from your iPhone email account, then paste it into the bookmark address box.)
- Click "done."
Next time you're trying to get to the web page for an article or e-book that denies permission (like trying to view articles on nature.com from off-campus), click the "MIT Lib Proxy" bookmarklet in your list of browser bookmarks. As long as the MIT Libraries have paid for that content, you'll be able to log in through Touchstone and get to the content you need.
This will only work if the MIT Libraries have a subscription to
the resource. To see what online resources the MIT Libraries have
access to, consult Vera, the
interface to our electronic resources.
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