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Library Resource Liaison Guide to Services and Information: overview


Connecting via the Libraries' Proxy Service

When you connect to databases and journals through the libraries records and links, you should be asked to login before going to the site. If you go directly to the database or journal via a Google search or the sites direct URL, this won't happen. The links below will assist you in connecting to resources available to you through your Penn affiliation no matter where you are:

  • Connect through EZ Proxy
    A guide to the libraries' proxy service: Look for PennText or Article linker icons to access online resources available through Penn Libraries' subscriptions and purchases. Use this link: to search directly through PennText
  • Proxy Bookmarklet
    This works similarly to the libx tool below. The button is a page reloader. If you're looking at an article in a database, and it doesn't know you're a Penn Libraries patron, simply click the button, enter your Pennkey / Password, and you're in. Browse your resource first, find the content you need, click the bookmark to log in, and continue.The button is a browser bookmark. Once it's added to your browser, access to these resources is one click away no matter where you are.
  • LibX
    LibX is a browser plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer that provides a search toolbar, live links to Franklin searches, and right-click searches of selected text in Franklin or Google. This link takes you to a site where you will be able to download the Libx extension for Firefox or Chrome.

Get Things Done

Many links for getting started appear on the Libraries tab of PennPortal.

Another way to get started is to find your librarian by reviewing the Subject Specialist list. Your subject specialist can help with research needs and other aspects of using the library.

Chat online with a librarian -- no question too simple, no question too hard --  harder questions might lead to appointments

Journal Articles

Using the Catalog and Articles+ to identify books and journal articles. Click on the Catalogs and Articles+ tab (it should turn blue) at the top of this page, type in your search statement or the name of a book, journal article, book chapter, or author.

Sometimes things don't work as well as they should -- if you find that you are being prompted to pay for an article to download it -- don't pay for it. It is probably a mistake in the system either from the publisher's side of things or ours. And remember, that we can always use Inter-Library Loan (ILL) to get journal articles (and its quick!) if we don't have subscription access.

Work around: search the title of the journal in Franklin Catalog, go to the journal site through the catalog link, you may need to select the correct volume and issue (from your original citation), and then look for the title.

Look Journal up in Franklin:

Follow "connect to full text" link and go to journal site--choose correct volume and issue:


Links to Workshops

Course Reserves

Print reserves:  Instructors may place books, journal articles and other materials on reserve. To ensure maximum availability, reserve materials are generally charged out by the hour or overnight. The main reserve room at Penn is Rosengarten Reserve, located in the Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor of the Van Pelt Library and open all night during the fall and spring semesters.

Books By Mail


Library Home Page

Additional Services

New Materials for the Libraries