Off-Campus Access Tools

When not on the IU Network or using a computer on campus in Bloomington, there are tools that can help you access online resources subscribed to by IU Bloomington libraries. Learn more about the EZProxy service. This page provides directions about tools you can create/download to ensure EZProxy access to online resources, especially when off campus. Our recommended choice is the LibKey Nomad Plugin and to always start your search using the library website and IUCAT, our IU system catalog.  

LibKey Nomad Plugin (Recommended)

When searching for articles online, Nomad will automatically notify you when there is a free, full text version of an article available for download through your IU Bloomington access. Download now and use in a ChromeEdgeVivaldiFirefox,  Brave, and Safari desktop browser. 

This video was created by Third Iron, creators of LibKey Nomad


Use the IU Bloomington EZProxy bookmarklet when you are on a website where there is a paywall and you are being asked to pay to access full text. After selecting the bookmarklet and logging in through IU Login, you will gain full text access if IU Bloomington has a subscription. But if IU Bloomington does not subscribe to the resource, the page will refresh without any changes or it may take you an error page. Explore interlibrary loan services to get access to articles, books, and other items IU Bloomington doesn't have. 

How to create a bookmarklet

The bookmarklet needs to be added as a bookmark to your browser. Follow the installation steps below based on the browser you're using. Once added, the next time you find yourself being asked to purchase an article, select the bookmark in your browser's toolbar/Favorites to see if IU Bloomington provides full text access. 


  1. Right-click on the following link, then select "Copy Link Address": IU Bloomington EZProxy link
  2. Go to "Bookmark Manager" under the Bookmarks menu.
  3. Navigate to the place you want to create this bookmark (the Bookmarks Bar, or elsewhere).
  4. Click the vertical three dot icon to the right of the Bookmark search box (normally on a blue background) and select "Add New Bookmark"
  5. Give the Bookmark a name (for example, "IUB EZProxy") and paste in the URL you copied in the first step in the URL field.
  6. Click "Save".

Note: In the latest version of the Mac OS (Yosemite), the Favorites bar is hidden by default. If you do not see the Favorites bar just below the URL, above the web page content, go to the View menu in Safari and select "Show Favorites Bar."

Drag this link to your Favorites toolbar:

IU Bloomington EZProxy link

Right-click on the following link, then select the "Bookmark This Link" option: 

IU Bloomington EZProxy link

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Right-click on this link:

IU Bloomington EZProxy link

Select the "Add to Favorites..." option. You may be warned that you are adding a link which may be unsafe. While some links like this may be unsafe, we believe this one is safe. You can click whichever option is required to continue.

Although Edge does not allow you to drag-and-drop a bookmarklet as do Chrome or Safari, if you have the bookmarklet in a different browser, you can import your bookmarks into Edge. You may need to delete duplicate or unwanted bookmarks after you have done so.

  1. Copy the following link: javascript:void(location.href='' + location.href);
  2. Tap the share icon (iOS action button) at the bottom center of the screen (iPhone, iPod Touch) or to the right of the location bar (iPad) and then tap Add Bookmark. Save the bookmark to your iPad or iPhone's Bookmarks folder (or wherever you would like it to be).
  3. Tap the bookmarks button (it looks like an open book) at the bottom of the screen (iPhone) or top of the screen (iPad). Make sure that you have selected the Bookmarks tab at the top, then tap "Edit".  Find the bookmark you just saved. You now need to change the link to the text you copied in step #1.  Tap the link field (it begins with "https://"), then delete everything in it and paste the text you copied: javascript:void(location.href='' + location.href);

  4. Tap "Done".

  1. Copy the following link: javascript:void(location.href='' + location.href);
  2. Open the browser of your choice. Create a new bookmark of any page, then tap Edit. Replace the name of the bookmark and replace the bookmarks link with the copied link from step #1.

Other EZProxy/Online Access Tools

BrowZine lets you browse scholarly journals on your computer or mobile device. With the BrowZine app you can add your favorite journals** to your personal bookshelf and save articles to read later. The BrowZine app and web version are available to all IU Bloomington students, faculty, and staff.

Download the app to your AndroidApple, or Amazon device. When you open BrowZine for the first time, select Indiana University Bloomington from the list of schools and enter your IU username and passphrase.

BrowZine can also be accessed using any web browser.

**Supported publishers include Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Cambridge, Oxford, American Chemical Society, ACM, BioMed Central, PLoS, Project Muse, Mary Ann Liebert, and many more. Additional publishers are being added every month, so check the full list of currently supported publishers frequently.

At this time, there is no other recommended plugin for Safari.