When you're not on the IU Network or using a computer on campus in Bloomington, you can still access online resources subscribed to by IU Bloomington Libraries. This includes full-text access to many databases, journals and other online resources (view an A-Z list of all library-subscribed resources).
Faculty, students, and staff can access these library-subscribed resources off campus using EZProxy.
If you search for articles and journals off campus using a regular search engine, like Google, you will be asked to pay for full-text access in databases like PubMed, JSTOR, Nexis Uni, and others. Utilizing EZProxy permalink authentication ensures that your IU credentials provide you with access through the paywall.
EZProxy is a snippet of code that can be added to the URLs of library-subscribed online resources to create links that work on and off campus:
When you copy the EZProxy snippet and add it to the beginning of any URL within a database, this IU Bloomington-specific link will trigger authentication either through directing you to log in through IU Login or by recognizing that you're using an IU VPN. Once you've authenticated with IU, you can access library-subscribed full-text resources off campus within the databse.
Tips & Tools for Using EZProxy
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.
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.
- Right-click on the following link, then select "Copy Link Address": IU Bloomington EZProxy link.
- Go to "Bookmark Manager" under the Bookmarks menu.
- Navigate to the place you want to create this bookmark (the Bookmarks Bar, or elsewhere).
- Click the vertical three dot icon to the right of the Bookmark search box (normally on a blue background) and select "Add New Bookmark"
- Give the Bookmark a name (for example, "IUB EZProxy") and paste in the URL you copied in the first step in the URL field.
- Click "Save".
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
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.
Copy the following link: IU Bloomington EZProxy link
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.
If you are sharing URLs to databases, journals, or articles, you need to make sure you are using a proxied version of the URL (or permalink) so that the IU person you share with can properly authenticate to access the full text resource.
Each database has permalinks in different places but our Linking to Library Resources page gives an overview and library research guides have short videos about where to find permalinks in EBSCO databases (e.g. OneSearch@IU or Academic Search Complete) and other databases.
Both DOIs and permalinks are a type of “persistent URL” that do not get updated or changed. A DOI (or digital object identifier) is a unique persistent identifier for a published digital object. Permalinks, unlike DOIs, have university affiliation attached to them. To make sure an IU-affiliated person can access the full text of a published digital object that is located behind a paywall, the IU permalink prefix should be added to the beginning of the DOI. For example:
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 Android, Apple, 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. Check the full list of currently supported publishers.