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Last Updated: Nov 21, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Creating persistent URLs for articles, databases, and e-books

Bookmark articles or e-books

If you have created a bookmark to an article or e-book while on-campus and then from off-campus you find that it has been blocked or you received an "Access Denied" error, use this utility to add a special authentication prefix to the URL so you can gain access as if you were still on campus. If you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your Bronco NetID and password. To use this utility JavaScript must be enabled in your browser.

1. Copy and paste the non-proxied URL of the article or ebook here:

2. Click this to add the authentication prefix:

3. Copy and use the resulting link:


If you encounter a problem...

If you encounter a problem…

  • Check Electronic Resources Alerts for any planned or unexpected outages
  • Disable your pop-up blocker
  • If you have a firewall at work or school, configure it to allow the proxy server   It must allow outgoing connections for ports: 80, 444, 2443, 2048
  • Confirm that JavaScript is activated
  • Clear your Internet cache
  • Make sure cookies are enabled
  • Call the Reference Desk: 269-387-5178

Connect from off-campus

The electronic resources to which the Western Michigan University Libraries subscribes are available for off-campus use by currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. A Bronco NetID and password are required to access WMU's licensed electronic resources.

For help with Bronco NetID and other technical issues:


Wireless at WMU

Most of Western’s campus has a wireless connection for WMU students, faculty and staff. For details on areas covered, see Wireless under Get Connected.

Visitors to the library can get a temporary password to access the wireless system and use the Internet on their laptops for 3-5 days from:

  • Reference Desk, Waldo Library, first floor
  • Science Reference Desk, Waldo Library, lower level
  • Special Collections, Waldo Library, third floor
  • Education Library, Sangren Hall
  • Archives and Regional History Collections, East Hall
  • Music and Dance Library, Dalton Center

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