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Installation instructions for off-campus and wireless bookmarklet for journal and database access
Last Updated: Jul 3, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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What is it?

JournalPass is our off-campus/wireless bookmarklet for your browser that allows you to connect to journals and databases without having to start at the library web site.

If you are off-campus or on-campus on the wireless network and encounter a restricted access subscription article or e-resource, just click on the JournalPass bookmarklet that you’ve previously installed.  JournalPass will redirect you to authenticate with your BGSU login credentials and then automatically return you to the restricted article or resource you were trying to view.

Use case #1: You are at home, reading an email from a colleague at another institution. She has included a link to an article on a publisher's website. You click on the link, and find that it is a restricted subscription item. Rather than copying the citation information, navigating to the library home page, and pasting or typing the citation information into one of the library databases or into Summon, simply click on the JournalPass bookmarklet which will prompt you to authenticate with your BGSU login credentials and then redirect you to the article.

Use case #2: You are searching in Google Scholar, Google, or some other search engine on the campus wireless network (or off-campus) and find an article or subscription resource of interest to you. Instead of starting over again with the citation in the library databases, click on the JournalPass bookmarklet which will prompt you to authenticate with your BGSU login credentials and then redirect you to the subscription resource.

Note: BGSU Libraries must have a subscription to the journal or database in question.

Created by Dave Widmer, University Libraries,


Firefox: Grab the JournalPass icon and drag it to the bookmark bar

Chrome: Grab the JournalPass icon and drag it to the bookmark toolbar (it must be visible, use ctrl-shift-b to enable it)

Internet Explorer: right-click the JournalPass icon and "add to favorites"

Safari: Grab the JournalPass icon and drag it to the bookmark bar

Questions or feedback? Use Ask Us! for help.


Common things that go wrong: you get a message saying "The address you are trying to access is invalid."

  1. Are you on-campus? If so, the URL won't work. It only works under conditions when you normally would have to authenticate as an off-campus user. On campus, for almost all resources, you should just be able to click on the artice or journal link and be seamlessly connected. [If you are wireless and on-campus, you should also need to authenticate, since all wireless users look like off-campus users to our network].
  2. If we don't actually have a subscription to the article/journal/database in question, it also won't work! 
  3. If those two scenarios aren't the problem, please contact us! Gwen Evans at or Dave Widmer at, or use Ask Us! for help.

Installing on a iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch:

1. Make sure that you have turned on "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" in Settings>>Safari on your device.

2. Use the copy function on your device to copy the entire text in the box below: 

3. Bookmark this page using the Add Bookmark button on Safari.

add bookmark in Safari

4. Edit the bookmark using the "Bookmarks Bar" option in the Bookmarks menu. In edit mode, delete the URL under the name and paste the javascript code that you copied above.

When you are done, JournalPass should show in the Safari Bookmarks bar under the toolbar. 

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