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The proxy bookmarklet tips

First make sure you installed the proxy bookmarklet correctly and you have used it on the correct page ie vendor/publisher pages not NUS Libraries’ page.

If you were actually using Google Scholar or PubMed with the proxy bookmarklet, you may wish to try the following new

methods to check for full-text access via the new “Find it! @ NUS Libraries” function.

  • Google Scholar with Find it! @ NUS Libraries
  • PubMed  with Find it! @ NUS Libraries

If you get an error or if there is no error and you still cannot get the full text, you will need to do to check to see if the library actually has access.

 If that still doesn’t work you will have to  check the library catalogue by journal name e.g (Journal of Sociology) to see if there is access via another online source or if a print copy is available to confirm definitely if the library access.

Want to understand why the proxy bookmarklet doesn’t work? Read on.

1) Library just does not have access to the item through that vendor/publisher page

The same journal article can be available on different multiple sites, we may actually have the article full-text online in another, publisher, aggregator or subscription agent site but not on the current page you are using the proxy bookmarklet on.

You may get the following error if it is a site we do not have access to- “URL Not Configured. You are trying to access a resource that the NUS Library Proxy Service has not been configured to work with.”

Do note that even if we have access to a site eg http://www.tandfonline.com/, we may not have access to every item on the platform & you may still be asked to pay.

For example NUS Libraries does not provide access to full text articles from http://psycnet.apa.org/ , but many of the articles there can usually be found another site that the library does have access to such as OVIDSP (depends on journal title).

Also the proxy bookmarklet works for source titles that are within the NUS Libraries subscription. However, NUS Libraries does not have subscription to every online article, for every year or  for every vendor/platform (e.g We do not subscribe to every article on Taylor & Francis platform).

Sometimes NUS Libraries just doesn’t subscribe to that article online, but we may have the print version.

2) The database/platform does not properly support this method of access

Currently, we are aware that among others, the proxy bookmarklet may not properly work on articles from JSTOR , IEEE  Refer to workarounds.

How to Find Chinese Journal

What follows is the recommended method to establish if NUS Libraries has access to a known article, all other methods including using Articles Tab, or searching LINC+ then selecting articles or searching using FindMore@NUSL is not guaranteed to work. If you follow these instructions and you still can’t find it, it is very likely we just don’t have access to it, if so and this article is critical to your research, you might be able to request the library purchase it via Document Delivery Service.

If you are given a citation, identify for the journal article

a) journal title article is in – e.g “Quarterly Journal of Economics”

b) year of publication – e.g 2011

c) vol/issue article it is in – e.g 126(4)

and not just the article title e.g. “Cash or condition ? evidence from a cash transfer experiment.”

Don’t know what the journal title is? Search Google or Google Scholar by article title for full reference.

1. If you only have an abbreviated journal title and do not know the complete title, check Journal abbreviations for the complete title. E.g. Appl Math Optim.

Some listings you can try to check Journal Abbreviations include JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources, Genamics JournalSeek , UlrichsWeb, NLM List of Serials Indexed for Online Users, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) , Singapore – Legal Abbreviations compiled by the C J Koh Law Library or just by doing a Google search.

2. Do a search in LINC for the journal to see if the required journal issue is available either in print or in online version. At the search box, type in the complete title or as much of the beginning of the title. E.g. Applied mathematics and optimization.

If there are too many results you might want to restrict the search to the Journals collection.

3. If there is no exact hit, browse the titles near what you have typed. If the title you want is not there, click on Search As Words to do a keyword search.

4. If the journal is available in the library, you can see the full record. Depending on the journal availability not all sections will be shown.

a) check the online versions to see if the issue you need is available

b) click on latest received to see the newest print issues received (these are generally in the current journal sections and cannot be borrowed out).

c) check the OLDER issues (bound volumes) available in the library. By default only a maximum of 10 bound journals are shown. Click on View additional copies or search for a specific volume/copy  to see all print issues available.

All the bound volumes available in the NUS Libraries is then listed. Bound volumes may be kept in Bound Journals or Closed Stacks. See How do I request a closed stack item?

Do note that journals titles tend to change fairly frequently , so you may have to check successor or preceding journals by clicking on “Continued By” or “Continues”.

5. If either the journal or the issue is not available in NUS Libraries, you may also want to do a Google or Google Scholar search by article title (with quotes around the search if necessary) to see if the article is available free online.  If the link brings you to a page that requires payment, you can try the proxy bookmarklet to see if you have access.