Software applications and tools

Search tools

Discovery for mobile devices

You can access Discovery from any mobile device using this web link:

You can also use the EBSCOhost app to access Discovery from your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) and Android devices:

After you have downloaded the app follow these instructions for full access to Discovery:

  1. Try any search in Discovery on a PC or Mac.
  2. Log in using your unimelb login and password.
  3. Click the link: 'EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications' at the bottom of the page.
  4. Enter an email address you can easily access from your mobile device.
  5. View the email from EBSCO on your mobile device.
  6. Click the 'authentication key' link.

Set your Google Scholar preferences

When you are using Google Scholar off-campus you should set your preferences so that you can link to full-text content available through the Library:

  1. Go to Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com
  2. Click the Settings link at the top-right of the page.
  3. Click the Library links option to the left.
  4. Enter: 'University of Melbourne Library' in the search box and click the search button.
  5. Tick the checkbox next to the option: 'University of Melbourne Library - SourceIt@Melbourne'.
  6. Click the 'Save' button.

'SourceIt @ Melbourne' links will then appear on the Google Scholar search results screen that you can click to access the full-text if it is available through the library.

LibX

LibX is a free browser extension for FireFox and Chrome that helps you to search and access library resources. For example you can:

  • Click the LibX icon in your browser toolbar to search the library catalogue.
  • Highlight any text in a webpage and right click for options to search for it in the library catalogue or Google Scholar.
  • Right click for an option to reload any web page through the library's proxy making it appear as though you are using an on-campus computer.

Download LibX

Unimelb library ezproxy bookmarklet

When you have discovered resources via a general search over the internet, typically you will be asked to subscribe and/or pay a fee to access the full-text content. You can use this bookmarklet to re-direct the web page to go through the Unimelb Library electronic resources gateway, which will then allow you full-text access to the content.

To create the Unimelb Library ezproxy bookmarklet

Drag and drop the Access via Unimelb Library button below to your browser's bookmark bar

Access via Unimelb Library

OR

Create the bookmarklet manually:

  1. Copy the script below to text editor such as Notepad
  2. Create a Bookmark or Favorite by bookmarking a web page. Locate the bookmark and open it for direct editing:
    • For Firefox etc edit 'Name' field: enter suitable text eg 'Access via Unimelb Library'; in 'Location' field; paste the Notepad script over the URL
    • For Internet Explorer, edit 'General' and 'Web Document' tabs

Access via Unimelb Library script

javascript:void(location.href=location.protocol+'//'+location.hostname+'.ezp.lib.unimelb.edu.au'+ location.pathname+location.search+location.hash)

To use the Unimelb Library ezproxy bookmarklet

  1. Search and discover electronic resources such as journal articles.
  2. Click the Bookmark or Favorite you just created. This will bring you to the Unimelb Library electronic resources access gateway where you will be asked to enter your Unimelb computer account details.
  3. Enter your Unimelb computer account details and you should be able to access full-text via the Library's subscription.