Accessing Licensed Resources FAQ
Inserting the Proxy String:
- browser bookmarklet
- TinyURL button
- iPhone bookmarklet
VPN: an alternative access option
10 Ways to Access MIT Libraries E-Journals from Anywhere
10 ways to access MIT Libraries e-journals from anywhere
Did you know there are many ways to access the licensed copies of e-journals that we subscribe to?
The methods below work from anywhere as long as you have MIT certificates or a Kerberos login or are using MIT’s VPN client.
- Go to Vera and type the title in the search box.
- Go to http://libraries.mit.edu/ejournals and type the title in the search box.
- Go to our Full Text Finder: http://libraries.mit.edu/fulltext
If you have a complete citation to an article, you can enter it and go directly to the article (in most cases).
- Search for an article using Google Scholar. Set your preferences to say that you want the MIT Libraries links. Then follow links that say “full text - MIT Libraries.” For details, see Google Search Tips: Google Scholar. Note: Google Scholar does not index ALL of our licensed e-journals, so try Vera if you don’t find it in Google Scholar.
- Go directly to the journal’s web site. Insert our proxy server string by typing it in front of the URL and then reload the page. See: Manually inserting the proxy string.
- Install our bookmarklet in your browser toolbar. Go to the journal web site and then click on the bookmarklet, which inserts the proxy string automatically. See Inserting the proxy string with a bookmarklet.
- In Firefox or Chrome, install our LibX toolbar. Go directly to a journal’s web site. Right click on the page and select “reload this page via MIT Libraries’ proxy.” See a video of how this works.
- In Firefox, install our search toolbar widget for Vera:
- If you install MIT’s VPN client and log in before you visit a journal’s web site, you will be able to access our subscription e-journals since it will see you as if you had an MIT IP address. See VPN: an alternative off-campus option. With this method, #5, 6, and 7 above are not needed. There are a few notable exceptions including IEEE and ACS publications where VPN alone is not enough - you must still access these via our proxy server either through Vera or by using these links: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/acsjournals and http://libraries.mit.edu/get/ieee.
- Within our licensed databases, such as Web of Science or SciFinder Scholar, look for buttons that say “Get this - MIT”. Those links will take you directly to our licensed copies of articles using our “open URL resolver” which is called SFX. To see a list of our licensed databases, see Vera shortcuts.
The following method works only if you are ON CAMPUS:
Go directly to the journal’s web site. If you’re ON campus, and we have a subscription, in most cases you’ll get in.
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