Passkey Help

How does it work?

Passkey simply prepends the URL of the Cornell University Library's proxy script to the URL of the current page and loads that page.

For example:

Step 1. I am currently working off campus, trying to get to Elsevier's ScienceDirect homepage — http://www.sciencedirect.com/ — and my Cornell affiliation is not recognized, so I can't get into the database without paying a fee.

Science Direct home page

Step 2. So I click on Passkey bookmarklet from my browser's bookmark toolbar or my bookmark list.

Passkey in menu

Step 3. As a result, I am prompted to enter my Cornell University NetID and password to verify my Cornell credentials.

Cornell login

Step 4. My request is then automatically redirected to http://www.sciencedirect.com.proxy.library.cornell.edu/

Step 5. I can now get into the database, read online journals as though I am in one of the libraries or somewhere else on-campus, giving me access to all materials that are licensed for use by Cornell University Library patrons only.

I tried the CU Library bookmarklet, but I still cannot get access to the resource. What can I do?

There are some cases in which the bookmarklet will not work properly. Here are a few reasons why it might not work:

1. The resource is free and does not require authentication.
Solution: Please check the Cornell University Library Catalog or Ask a Librarian for assistance.

2. The Cornell University Library does not subscribe to the resource.
Solution: Please check the Cornell University Library Catalog or Ask a Librarian for assistance. In some cases, especially if the resource you are trying to reach is an electronic article, the library may be able to acquire a copy on your behalf through Interlibrary Loan.

3. If you're still having trouble, please Ask a Librarian.