Journal survival guide

Journal survival guide

Accessing electronic journals when you are off campus

Macquarie University Library subscribes to tens of thousands of electronic journal titles. As a subscriber, many publishers recognise when you are on campus by your Macquarie IP address, giving you seamless access to journal articles & ebooks. If you are off campus, your IP address will not be recognised and you will encounter a paywall.

Here are some ways to access University subscribed content when you are off campus:

1. Use MultiSearch. Using the Library's discovery platform, MultiSearch, is the simplest way to find and access the electronic content you have access to as an MQ student or staff. You will be prompted to sign in and authenticate when you're accessing paywalled items. It's also a good idea to sign in to MultiSearch at the start of a session, as you'll get more comprehensive search results.

2. Use Google Scholar @MQ. Macquarie’s version of Google Scholar, will give you access to full text articles using the Find it@MQ option, available where we have access to the resource.

3. Adding the "simsrad" prefix. When you access a web page which charges for access, add the "simsrad" prefix to the URL in your browser. At the start of the URL add "http://simsrad.net.ocs.mq.edu.au/login?url="
For example http://simsrad.net.ocs.mq.edu.au/login?url=https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.130504

4. Use the ‘Access via Macquarie’ bookmarklet. This bookmarklet adds the "simsrad" prefix your current browser URL. There are other tools that will also 'proxify' sites by adding the "simsrad" prefix.

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