So, among many of the things that is difficult to navigate about the library at the University of Texas at Dallas is the library proxy. They provide no way of configuring a proxy for your browser or any kind of PAC script, nor is there any all-purpose link on their website, or even a VPN, so far as I can determine. You have to go through the library website to get the link to the journal. As a result, if, say, someone links to a journal on their webpage, or a friend links to a Chronicle article on facebook, it's basically not worth your time to actually try and get there through the obvious channels. Hacking around it even proved fairly difficult, due to the fact that UTD uses a suffix proxy system. Here's how I finally figured out my way around the problem for Firefox.
First, I looked at some links from the library website to outside journals and databases. I noticed that they tend to look like this:
Noting the similarity, I decided to navigated on over to http://libproxy.utdallas.edu . This gives a big old list of electronic journals and databases, with several links that are out of date. But I noticed a common pattern here. All the links were to:
This was the key to my problem. I finally found this MozillaZine article on creating keyword searches.
What you need to do is go to Bookmarks->Organize Bookmarks. Add a bookmark with the location as
http://libproxy.utdallas.edu/login?url=%S[the capital S is crucial]
And add the keyword as "utd" (or whatever you like). Then, when you have a webpage that you need the library proxy for, click in front of the URL and add "utd " in front, like so:
Then hit return, and you'll be taken to the login for the UTD library proxy, and then you'll be taken to:
Ta-da! Full access, much less hassle.
Anyone else found an easier way?