Kia ora koutou,

Iím wanting to create a bookmarklet that will let people on a journal article webpage just click the bookmarklet and get a permalink to that article, including our proxy information so it can be accessed off-campus.

Once Iíve got a DOI (or other permalink, but Iíll cross that bridge later), the rest is easy. The trouble is getting the DOI. The options seem to be:

1.       Require the user to locate and manually highlight the DOI on the page. This is very easy to code, not so easy for the user who may not even know what a DOI is let alone how to find it; and some interfaces make it hard to accurately select (Iím looking at you, ScienceDirect).

2.       Live in hope of universal CoiNS implementation. I might be waiting a long time.

3.       Work out, for each database we use, how to scrape the relevant information from the page. Harder/tedious to code, but makes it easy for the user.

Iíve been looking around for existing code that something like #3. So far Iíve found:

∑         CiteULikeís bookmarklet (jQuery at - afaik itís all rights reserved)

∑         AltMetricsí bookmarklet (jQuery at - MIT licensed)

Can anyone think of anything else I should be looking at for inspiration?

Also on a more general matter: I have the general level of Javascript that one gets by poking at things and doing small projects and then getting distracted by other things and then coming back some months later for a different small project and having to relearn it all over again. Iíve long had jQuery on my ďI guess Iím going to have to learn this someday but, um, today I just wanna stick with what I knowĒ list. So is this the kind of thing where itís going to be quicker to learn something about jQuery before I get started, or can I just as easily muddle along with my existing limited Javascript? (What really are the pros and cons here?)

N‚ku noa, n‚

Deborah Fitchett
Digital Access Coordinator
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