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WACHS Library: Accessing full-text

Accessing full-text

Accessing full-text

Access to subscribed Library resources is controlled by an authentication string within the web address (URL).  This string carries information through to publisher sites that provides the authorisation to reach the full text of subscribed resources.

The surest path to seamless full-text access to subscribed journal and e-book content is to use the Journals A-Z catalogue.

If you reach a subscription restricted (pay walled) online resource without going through the Library's links (and therefore without the authentication string) you will be blocked from the full-text content.

Sometimes, table of content and search alerts sent to you your work e-mail, strip this authentication string from the links when you access these alerts from your mobile devices.

This guide provides some solutions to this problem.



A bookmarklet automatically attaches the Library's proxy string to the URL, proving to a publisher that you have access rights.

Once you have set up a bookmarklet, next time you're trying to get to a web page for an article or e-book that denies permission, click the  WACHS Library Proxy bookmarklet in your list of browser bookmarks. Notice that the bookmarklet adds an "authentication string" into the web address: If the Library has a subscription on that platform you will be able to log in with your usual network credentials 

Installation and use on iOS devices

Step 1: Bookmark this Library web site page (or any page) and name it WACHS Library Bookmarklet

Click on the share icon 

Select add a bookmark 

Step 2: Edit the Bookmark

Tap the bookmarks button 

Find the bookmark you just saved and chage its name to WACHS Library Proxy
Copy this entire line of text into the URL address box: 


Tap done


Installation on Android devices

The National University of Singapore advises that support for bookmarklets varies considerably on Android devices depending on the operating system and browsers used. Refer to that site for guidance on installing a bookmarklet on Android devices.

The Java script content you need to add to the bookmarket is:


and not as shown in the University of Singapore instructions.

Installation and use with desktop browsers

Internet Explorer

Right click on this link
Select Add to Favorites... You may be prompted with a security alert "You are adding a favorite that may not be safe. Do you want to continue?" It is safe to click Yes to continue


Right click on this link
Select Bookmark This Link. Alternatively, click and drag the link to your Bookmarks toolbar


Click on and drag this link to your Bookmarks bar: 

Google Chrome

Click on and drag this link to your Bookmarks bar: