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Tools and apps

Hit a paywall? Try these browser add-ons

get it @ VCU button 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.
  • Add the EZProxy Redirect browser extension.
  • A button for EZproxy Redirect will appear at the top of your Chrome browser, next to the Chrome Browser menu. Right click on it, select "options" and then select "Virginia Commonwealth University" as your school in the dropdown.
  • To open a link using EZ Proxy Redirect, right-click on the link and select the "Open Link with EZproxy" option.
unpaywall logo Unpaywall
free, legal Chrome add-on powered by a database of millions of author-uploaded PDFs
open access button Open Access Button
search the web for an open-access version of a paper

Connecting apps and software

Mobile apps or other research tools may ask for these addresses:

  • Proxy address: https://proxy.library.vcu.edu/login?url=
  • OpenURL address: http://vcu-alma-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/openurl/VCU/vcu_services_page

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
  • Port: 1921
  • Database name: 01VCU_INST
  • Recordtype: USMARC

Managing citations

In our Citation Tools Research Guide you can find helpful information on how to use a variety of citation tools and how to select the right one.

RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. RefWorks will no longer be available after August 31st 2018. But in the meantime, you can use the resources linked below to get help logging into and using RefWorks. 

Google Scholar

Learn more about how to set up Google Scholar to connect to VCU resources.

Mobile tools

  • Browzine: Discover, read, and monitor top journals in your field from your iPad or tablet.
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