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Bookmarklets

"Bookmarklets" - How to save time and money! - A Take 5 short presentation on them

What is a bookmarklet and why would you use one?

A bookmarklet is a bookmark orfavourite that you add to your internet browser (Edge, Chrome etc).  It contains some JavaScript commands that transform a URL.  Bookmarklets are available for browsers and mobile devices.

You want this paper https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M19-1941   ... but ... you run into a paywall - US$35 to buy it.

Click on a bookmarklet and the link becomes this  https://login.smhslibresources.health.wa.gov.au/login?url=https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M19-1941  and the publisher site recognises you as authorised EMHS / SMHS staff member and gives you the full text and the pdf.  The bookmarklet has added the Library's proxy prefix to the link that is needed for a publisher site to allow access.

Not 100% Effective

This will work for most journals, however, occasionally the authentication is more complex and you will need to go through the Library's Journals A to Z catalogue to gain access.

For instance - Library access to the Lancet is not from the Lancet site but from Science Direct - applying the bookmarklet against the Lancet site will not link you to full text - you need to be in the Science Direct interface.