This page provides guidance on how to use tools like the Reload @ UVA button and LibKey Nomad for help in accessing articles paid for by the UVA Libraries if you are using a non-library search tool like Google off-Grounds.
To the left you will also find information on what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is and how you can get access to one at UVA to help when you're researching from off-Grounds.
If you have questions or run in to trouble when trying to access a particular article, ebook, or other resource, feel free to email Sherri for help, or, for a quick response, try our Ask a Librarian chat support or other options to contact our Library staff.
UVA Libraries Reload Button
Doing research off-Grounds? Try out the reload button! Add the button to your browser's bookmark toolbar (see instructions below), and whenever you come across a journal or article you think you should be able to access, click the button to reload the page through the UVA Library proxy.
Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar or right click and select the "Bookmark This Link" option.
Chrome or Safari:
Drag the button to the bookmarks toolbar. If the bookmarks toolbar isn't visible, press Ctrl + Shift + B (in Chrome).
Right click the button and choose the "Add to favorites..." option. You may get a warning about adding unsafe links. While it's good practice to be wary, we believe this link is safe.
*Note: Reloading the page through the proxy still won't give you access if it's a resource we don't subscribe to. To verify access, look up the journal or database in the appropriate list. Credit to Robin Dasler at UMD for developing this simple, yet key, research tool!
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that instantly identifies links to articles for full text access (either through your library's holdings or through Open Access sources), and if it can't find a version of the article that is available to you through your library, it will fill out an ILL request for you through your library. It means you can browse the publisher websites directly rather than searching the library website for an article.
Using LibKey Nomad is a bit like taking a librarian with you as you surf the web: it will identify access to articles you browse, and take you to the full text if we have access. If we don't have access, it will fill out an ILL request for you, which you just have to click to submit.
It works in all of the major browsers except Safari, including: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi.
You do not need to be on Grounds, or connected via the VPN to use it, and you don't have to create an account; you'll be prompted to authenticate via Netbadge when needed.