I have been doing a fair bit of research off-campus lately, and as usual, have been having trouble accessing research materials (mainly academic publications) from home. Fortunately, Hunter College provides off-campus access to all electronic resources available to Hunter students, faculty and staff via their Library proxy server. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a huge pain to use anything other than the library search facilities (like Google Scholar) through the proxy server*. In fact, when working off-campus, you actually have to preface each URL address to licensed resources with
http://proxy.wexler.hunter.cuny.edu/login?url= in order to be able to access it. Not very handy…
So that the whole link is simply:
‘Installing’ a bookmarklet is as simple as dragging it onto your browser’s bookmarks toolbar (I think on some versions of Internet Explorer, you might have to right-click and select “Add to Favorites…”). If you drag this Library Proxy link onto your bookmarks bar, you’ll have a handy little tool to automatically access the current page via the Hunter College library proxy (note that you’ll need Hunter College credentials for this to work), instantly increasing your productivity by 12.45%… or so.
* I might just be missing something, in which case, hopefully someone will correct me.