LibAccess Bookmarklet

If you try to access an e-Resource from the library website, you're usually prompted to login to LibAccess with your MAC ID or LibAccess account. However, sometimes you might follow a link to one of our subscribed e-Resources from somewhere other than the library website (like an email message or another webpage), and because you didn't start at the Library website, you are not recognized as a subscriber.

Enter the LibAccess bookmarklet! It's a script or short program you can add to your browser that allows you to quickly authenticate yourself as a McMaster user and access content that requires a subscription.

Installing the Bookmarklet

  • Firefox users: right-click this link 'LibAccess Bookmarklet' and select 'Bookmark This Link...'. Alternatively, click and drag the link to your 'Bookmarks' toolbar.
  • Internet Explorer users: right-click this link 'LibAccess Bookmarklet' and select 'Add to Favourites'. Alternatively, click and drag the link to your 'Links' toolbar. You may be prompted with a security alert warning you that the link may not be safe. It is fine to click 'yes' to continue.
  • Safari users: right-click this link 'LibAccess Bookmarklet' and select 'Copy link'. Bookmark this page by selecting 'Add Bookmark' from the Bookmarks menu. Go to where you saved this bookmark (e.g. Bookmarks Bar) and right-click the bookmark. Select 'Edit Address'. In the Address section, right-click and select 'Paste' to paste the bookmarklet code.
  • Chrome users: drag this link 'LibAccess Bookmarklet' to the bookmarks bar. If the bookmarks bar is not displaying, press Ctrl-Shift-B.

Using the Bookmarklet

When you click on a link to an e-Resource from any page on the library website, you are asked to login to LibAccess (with your MAC ID or LibAccess account) to gain access to that subscribed resource. However, we recognize that not all searches begin at the library website! Sometimes, you might find a link to an e-Resource through a Google search or in an email from your favourite database or e-Journal provider. This is when the LibAccess Bookmarklet becomes useful! Here's how you can use it in such instances:

  • click the link as normal
  • once the page loads, click the LibAccess Bookmarklet in your Favourites/Bookmarks
  • the bookmarklet will direct you to the LibAccess login page where you can login with your MAC ID (or LibAccess account)
  • after you click the 'Log in' button, you will be redirected back to the resource page, but the website will now recognize you as a McMaster user.

Usage Notes'

  • The LibAccess Bookmarklet should work with most browsers as long as JavaScript is enabled.
  • Once you have added the LibAccess bookmarklet to your browser, you should be able to gain access to restricted resources at the click of a button. In some cases you may need to use the browser's 'Back' button to return to the resource URL, not the vendor's login/error page.
  • The LibAccess Bookmarklet only provides access to those electronic resources we have subscribed to. If you follow a link to a resource that McMaster has not subscribed to, the LibAccess Bookmarklet will not provide you with access to that resource!

If you install the bookmarklet, let us know what you think. Add a comment to this post or send us a message.