Library Labs

Where one can experiment with new information technologies and services. An OSUL 2013 Project.

Category: Productivity

OSU Library Labs: Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet

What is the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet?

The Off-Campus Sign-In service provides authentication for Ohio State students, faculty and staff and enables access to most library resources from anywhere on most networked devices. This is also call a “proxy” service. The bookmarklet is a browser shortcut  which provides easy access to the proxy service.

Why use the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet?

It saves a few couple steps and clicks. If the database or resource URL doesn’t contain, one can access the proxy service by simply clicking on the Off-Campus Sign In Bookmarklet. This will redirect the browser to the login page requiring a NAME.N campus network ID and password to gain access to licensed content.

How to install the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet


Internet Explorer

  • Right click this link: Ohio State Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet
  • Select Add to Favorites… You may be prompted with a security alert that the You are adding a favorite that may not be safe. Do you want to continue? Click Yes to continue.


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OSU Library Labs: Go.OSU URL Shortening Service

What is It is an Ohio State branded URL shortening service that allows a web page with a long URL ( to be accessed using a very short URL, ( in addition to the original. 

Why use Shortened URLs are easier to include in print publications and on social media sites. Unlike free URL shortening services which hide the authority of a web site, Go.OSU creates shortened URLs with the authority of the Ohio State brand.

How to use:

  • Copy the text of a full URL
  • Go to:
  • Paste in the full URL
  • Click Go!
  • Copy the shortened URL, use as needed
  • Add a custom alias if desired

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OSU Library Labs: Carmen Library Link

Carmen Library Link gives students easy access to high-quality information resources and librarian assistance from within OSU’s Carmen learning management system.

Why use the Carmen Library Link?: It allows students and faculty to gain access to subject specialist librarians and library tools, such as journal databases, appropriate for the course’s discipline without having to navigate away from a Carmen course.

How to Get Carmen Library Link: Carmen Library Link will be added to all courses for Fall Quarter 2009. Custom pages are being developed for most disciplines. Faculty members should contact their subject specialist to create a custom Carmen Library Link for their specific course.

Faculty can manually add or remove the link from a Carmen course site by editing its navigation bar (see: Add Tool to Navigation Bar.)

Encourage students to explore the Library link by posting a news item on a course home page. (see: News: Basic.)

CLL Screenshot

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OSU Library Labs: Zotero

ZOTERO [zoh-TAIR-oh]

A Firefox web browser extension that allows the collection, management, and citing of research sources. It save links, files, and Web pages for later retrieval. Automatically captures citation information and exports the cites in a variety of styles.

Why Zotero?:  The software makes it easier to keep track of networked resources as they are discovered, then retrieved later to create lists of cited works.

How to get ZoteroDownload Zotero 2.0 beta |Download Zotero 1.0 |(remember: this is an extension for Firefox only).

Features Include:

  • Capture of citation information from web pages
  • Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
  • Flexible notetaking with autosave
  • As-you-type search through materials
  • Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches and tags
  • Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services
  • Formatted citation export
  • Free and open source
  • Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice
  • Saves records and notes in any language
  • Integration with WordPress and other blogging software


Zotero is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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