OCA Tools & Tips

  1. OCA bookmarklet: an easier way to connect to databases and journals without going through the library Website.

    The UCSC OCA Bookmarklet allows you to go to restricted access pages without going through the library website.

    Either click and drag the "UCSC OCA Bookmarklet" (above) to your toolbar, or right-click on it and choose "Bookmark this link..." or "Add to Favorites".  When you are on a Web page you'd like to run through the OCA server, simply choose that bookmark from your Favorites or Bookmarks menu. This even works with Google Scholar search results page.

    iPad/iPod
    To use the bookmarklet on an iOS device, first bookmark any website, then edit the bookmark and name it whatever desired. Next paste in this code into the link part of the bookmark:   javascript:void(location.href='http://oca.ucsc.edu/login?url='+location.href)

    To use the bookmarklet treat as normal. If you are at a site that you would like proxied through the oca.ucsc.edu service, go to the page then click on the bookmark and you will be re-routed through oca.
     
  2. Maintain your own Web page links or bookmarks of library e-resources.

    You'll need to change the links to your licensed resources to invoke the OCA server. Do this by prefixing your URL with the OCA server URL,
    http://oca.ucsc.edu/login?url=
    Note: the link to the restricted resource must be absolute (starting http://); it cannot be a relative URL.

    So, if you have a link in your page to:
           http://a.library.licensed.product
    You must change it to:
            http://oca.ucsc.edu/login?url=http://a.library.licensed.product

    Alternatively, you can download the UCSC LibX Browser Add-on (for Chrome or Firefox). This extension allows you to right-click on any link and load the page through the OCA server.
     
  3. How to make Google Scholar display UC-eLinks on the results page, like it works on-campus.

    You'll need to run your Google Scholar search through the OCA server. Use the following link to connect to Google Scholar:
    http://oca.ucsc.edu/login?url=http://scholar.google.com.

    You can bookmark that site or search for it in the library electronic resources database.