JMU Libraries Research Shortcut for Off-Campus Access – Windows

Want to do library research from off campus, but don’t want to fuss with changing your browser settings or using Pulse Secure? This shortcut will start Google Chrome in “Library Research Mode,” using the library proxy server.

Here’s How it Works

  1. Be sure all Chrome browsers are closed.
  2. Double-click on the “JMU Libraries Research” shortcut (see below) to start a new Chrome instance using the proxy.
  3. To disable the proxy, close all active Chrome windows and restart Chrome using your normal method.

Setting up the “JMU Libraries Research” Shortcut

  1. Download the installer for the “JMU Libraries Research” shortcut, and save it to your desktop.
  2. Double-click on the file to run the installer. When prompted to enter a location for the extracted files, click on the Browse button.
  3. Scroll up to the very top and select “Desktop,” then click “OK.”
  4. Once the installer finishes, the shortcut should now be available on the desktop as a Chrome icon named “JMU Libraries Research.” From the desktop, you can also drag the shortcut onto your “Start Menu.”
  5. If you have a Chrome icon in your system tray (near the clock), right-click on the icon and uncheck the “Let Google Chrome run in the background” option. As a bonus for laptops, disabling this option will save battery life!
  6. To be sure that the browser is using the proxy, you can type chrome://net-internals/#proxy into the Chrome address bar. If the proxy is setup correctly, you should see something like the following.
  7. The first time you attempt to access a library resource (including Quick Search), you will be asked to sign in with your eID and password.
  8. To disable the proxy, close Chrome completely, then reopen the browser using your usual method.


  1. Make sure that Chrome is installed to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome”. This shortcut will not work if it is installed anywhere else.
  2. Please Ask the Library if you have questions or want to provide feedback.