Remote Access Bookmarklet

The Remote Access Bookmarklet will let you gain access to library-licensed content without using links on the library website. This can be useful if you:

  • Subscribe to a journal's table of contents alerts via email and want to use links in the email to get full text
  • Receive a link to a paper or other resource from a colleague via email or social media
  • Start your search from a journal's website or other location other than the library website

Once installed, anytime you go to a web page of one of our online resources, click the Remote Access Bookmarklet button in your toolbar, and it will attempt to authorize you via your NetID and provide full content access.

How to Install the Bookmarklet

Chrome, Safari, and Edge


How to Use the Bookmarklet

When on a webpage where you need to be authorized as a UW-Madison user to receive full access (like an article page on a journal website), just click the Remote Access Bookmarklet in your toolbar. This will redirect you to a page where you can login with your NetID and gain access to licensed content. You will know the bookmarklet has worked if you check the website's URL – it should now include "" somewhere in the URL.

Common Bookmarklet Errors

If you receive a "Remote Access Error" when you use the bookmarklet on a URL, the most common reasons are:

  1. The content is freely available and so there is no need for you to authenticate with your NetID. Don't use the bookmarklet for this content. If you are unsure, check the catalog or fill out the Remote Access Error form noting the title of the resource you need and we'll let you know if we license it.
  2. The content is not licensed by UW-Madison Libraries. It could be that we have the journal in question, but from a different vendor. For example, the Libraries do not license or subscribe to anything at the site All our American Psychological Association content is provided by EBSCO. In this case, search the library catalog to see where to access the content you need.
  3. (Least common) The content is licensed to UW-Madison Libraries but has recently moved or otherwise is not proxied correctly. A Remote Access Error page will come up when you try to access the resource, and you should fill it out, noting what resource you are trying to access.