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Web Proxy - Configuration

This article describes how to use the campus web proxy to access restricted resources from off-campus.

Using the Web Proxy

Some University resources are restricted to on-campus usage. To these sites, you must go through the campus web proxy (see Web Proxy - Web Proxies in Plain Speak). If the link you clicked on to reach this resource has been formatted properly (see Web Proxy - Registering Sites), you will be directed through the web proxy automatically - there is no need to do any configuration on your web browser. However, under various circumstances, you may find a bookmark or link to a restricted resource which does not direct through the proxy.

If you find one of these links and get the "Access Denied" error, you should use the ProxyIt! bookmarklet to manually invoke the proxy. To set up the bookmarklet:

  • In Firefox or Safari, drag this → ProxyIt! ← link to your bookmarks toolbar.
  • In Internet Explorer, right-click on this → ProxyIt! ← link and select "Add to Favorites..." (you may receive a Security Alert warning that the favorite may not be safe, click on "Yes" to continue) choose where in your Favorites you wish to save the bookmarklet and then click on "OK".

Now, whenever you encounter a page or resource that's giving you an "access denied" error because you're off-campus, click on your new "ProxyIt!" bookmarklet while still on the that page. This will redirect the URL you are on through the proxy; you will be prompted for your CNetID and CNet password, then on to the original URL.(Once you're through the proxy, you can re-bookmark the destination page normally - the new bookmark should include the necessary information to send you through the proxy as necessary.)

Two things to note:

  • You must have Javascript turned on in your web browser in order for the ProxyIt! bookmarklet to work.
  • The ProxyIt! bookmarklet works for most proxied sites, but it may fail on a few sites (or for some documents on a few sites). If you encounter one of these, you'll have to back in to the site from the top level (probably via the the Library e-Journal Finder or the Library Database Finder, for most restricted journals and databases) and find the article from scratch.

If you maintain pages of links, please visit this page for information on Web Proxy - Registering Sites.




Keywords: access denied error web browsing off-campus proxyit!   Doc ID: 16101
Owner: David N.Group: University of Chicago
Created: 2010-12-06 19:00 CDTUpdated: 2011-10-05 10:57 CDT
Sites: University of Chicago