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Persistent Proxied Links


To successfully direct both on AND off campus students to specific articles in library databases, you will need to provide a "persistent" link to the article that is also run through the OC proxy server.  Persistent, proxied links are necessary because library subscription databases are only available off campus by logging in with an OC network username and password.


Ready-made Persistent Proxied Links

The following vendors/databases already provide you with links to individual articles that are both persistent and proxied:

  • EBSCOhost databases (Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Business Source Premier, etc.)
    • Click on the title of the article to open the record. On the right, click on the "Permalink" icon.  Cut and paste the link that is generated.  That's it, you're done!
  • ProQuest databases
    • Click on the title of the article to open the record, and then select the "Abstract/Details" tab. Cut and paste the "Document URL" that is listed toward that bottom of the page. That's it, you're done!

Persistent Proxied Link Generator

Do-it-yourself Persistent Proxied Links

Many of the library's other databases provide a link somewhere in the record that is called a "persistent link," "stable URL," or "permalink."  If there is not such a link, the URL in the browser address bar may itself be a persistent link if it is relatively short and does not appear to contain any session information. 

Copy the link or URL and paste it into the "Persistent Proxied Link Generator" tool below, and then click the "Generate!" button.  Copy the link that is generated and paste it into your Canvas course or email. 

Enter the Persistent URL of the article you found in a library database, then select "Generate!" Copy and paste the link that is generated into your Canvas classroom, email, etc., so that students can can access the article from both on and off campus.