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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.
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Search the web for an open access version of a paper, and automatically request a copy from authors when one isn't already available.
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Free Chrome add-on powered by a database of millions of legal, author-uploaded PDFs.

Google Scholar

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: 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.

VCU Libraries no longer subscribes to Refworks. For more information and for suggestions on alternatives to Refworks, please see our Research Guide.

Mobile tools

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