Tools and apps for alternative access
Hit a paywall? Try these browser add-ons
|VCU Libraries proxy browser add-on
Reach an online article you can’t access? The EZProxy Redirect browser extension reloads the current webpage so that if VCU Libraries subscribes to the article or ebook, and you’re a member of the VCU community, you’ll be able to access the full text.
|Open Access Button
Search the web for an open access version of a paper and request a copy from authors if one isn't already available.
Free Chrome add-on powered by a database of millions of legal, author-uploaded PDFs.
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that enables one-click access to subscription articles and ebooks from publisher pages, PubMed, Google, Wikipedia, and more, without starting from VCU Libraries’ website. One-click access to Open Access resources is provided as well.
|EZProxy Redirect Foxified
Quickly reload pages through your library's EZProxy for accessing paywalled journal articles and websites.
Set up Google Scholar to connect to VCU resources, and use it to access resources that VCU does not have.
Connecting apps and software
Mobile apps or other research tools may ask for these addresses:
- Proxy address:
- OpenURL address:
Endnote and Z39.50
Endnote and other citation management software allow you to search VCU Libraries' collections directly using the Z39.50 protocol. Connection information:
Server address: alma.exlibrisgroup.com
Database name: 01VCU_INST
In the Citation Tools Research Guide learn how to use citation tools and how to select the right one.
- Browzine: Discover, read and monitor top journals from your iPad or tablet.