JSTOR's Institution Finder is a login service that directs off-campus users to a proxy login page for authentication when they find JSTOR content on the web. A growing number of end-users are finding content from a variety of places including Google, Google Scholar and Wikipedia and coming directly to JSTOR, unauthenticated. The Institution Finder is designed to return the end-user to the exact JSTOR page they started on, most often a specific article, rather than the home page or a search page. Institution Finder was created to lessen user confusion, and facilitate seamless authentication through your library proxy in a minimal number of steps.
Here's a quick explanation of how it works:
1. A University of Lethbridge user arrives on a JSTOR article page from a Google search or other referring page
2. An on-campus user will get automatic access to the full-text, but users outside of the University of Lethbridge IP range will be denied access
3. When denied access to the full-text, the user is presented with some options for accessing JSTOR including a link to the JSTOR login page and the Institution Finder
4. From there they can search for their institution and follow a link to the University of Lethbridge proxy login page
5. After logging in they are authenticated to JSTOR and will be automatically redirected to the original full-text article
November 2, 2012