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Access & Discovery: UP Access Bookmarklet

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Bookmarklet Overview

Bookmarklets are tiny programs stored in your bookmarks that is similar to add-ons, extensions and user scripts and add new tools to your web browser.  Bookmarklets are actually not installed, but simply added to your bookmarks and  may also be added to your links toolbar for faster access.  Bookmarklets are often referred to as "browser buttons" that can be clicked on, when needed.

In order to access our subscribed content, users need to be authenticated as University of Pretoria clients and we have created some simple instructions that will envoke the university log-in page.  Please see the relevant instructions for the browser that you are using in the drop-down list, under the UP Access Bookmarklet tab, since each browser has their own unique steps.

Some safety information about Bookmarklets:

  • Because they can do more than standard web links, some browsers will give a warning when you add a bookmarklet, but they are usually much safer than standard programs.
  • Some of companies on the internet distribute bookmarklets that you may be familiar with, like Google, Facebook, Delicious and even Microsoft.
  • Unlike a standard program, add-ons, extensions and user scripts, a bookmarklet can run only when you click it.
  • A bookmarklet can not access files on your hard drive.
  • A bookmarklet can only affect the web site you are viewing at the time you click on it..
  • A bookmarklet is usually written in the programming language called JavaScript, which is the same type of programming used in almost all of the top websites on the Internet.
  • Like all software, you should not use bookmarklets from dangerous sources.
  • You should never use a bookmarklet when you are visiting a site where security is critical, such as your bank's website.