Search Tools and Apps

Lean Library

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Example of a Lean Library access notice

Lean Library puts the library right into your research workflow. This browser plug-in replaces our EZproxy Bookmarklet with easy access to UniMelb library e-resources anywhere, anytime without forcing you back to Discovery or the Library website.

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Data and Privacy

By using the Lean Library extension you will remain completely anonymous. The Lean Library browser extension doesn’t collect any personal information unless you actively share it. And it doesn’t collect your IP address or your device’s unique device IDs.

Want to know more? See the privacy statement for the extension.


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Use the BrowZine app to follow your favorite journals and get notifications on new issues and published articles. BrowZine can be installed from the Apple, Google Play and Amazon App Stores.

BrowZine allows you to:

  • Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
  • Easily view table of contents of current and past issues
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  • Get notifications when new issues are published
  • Share with other researchers by posting to Facebook and Twitter

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Google Scholar

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:
  2. Click the Settings link at the top-left 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 - Find It @ Unimelb'.
  6. Click the 'Save' button.

'Find It @ Unimelb' 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.

Unimelb library ezproxy bookmarklet

EZproxy will be replaced and this Bookmarklet will stop working in January 2020. Use Lean Library instead.

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 the Library subscribes to.

To create the Unimelb library ezproxy bookmarklet

Drag and drop the Find It @ Unimelb button below to your browser's bookmark bar

Find It @ Unimelb


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 'Find It @ Unimelb'; in 'Location' field; paste the Notepad script over the URL
    • For Internet Explorer, edit 'General' and 'Web Document' tabs

Find It @ Unimelb script


To use the Melbourne 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.

These Search Tools and Apps are supported by the Discovery Team. Report a problem with a Database, EJournal or Ebook.

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