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Faculty Webpage: Linking to E-Journal articles

Why create links?

What is a durable link?

  • A link that will consistently deliver access to an e-journal or e-book regardless of if the user if on- or off-campus?
  • A link that connects the user to the copy of an e-journal or e-book provided by Himmelfarb Library?

Why should I use durable links instead of PDFs?

  • Durable links connect students to required and recommended readings and do not require faculty to obtain copyright permission. 

What does a durable link look like?

If an e-book as limited simultaneous users online, can I create a PDF and load it to Blackboard?

  • This is not a good idea and may violate copyright as this could affect the sale of the original work.   Alternatively, please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reserves Department by email or telephone at 202-994-2962. 

Where can I learn more about copyright and 'fair use' of materials?

How many users/copies/seats are available for specific books or articles?

  • Most electronic resources available via Himmelfarb Library provide 'unlimited users' access, however some resource permit a fixed number of concurrent users.  
  • To ensure adequate access for your students, please check with Ian Roberts ( or 202-994-3685) prior to assigning a reading to fifteen or more students.

Creating links to library articles & books

In cases where it's not possible link by using a standard identifier (i.e. DOI, PMID, ISSN, or ISBN), you may still compose durable links to connect users directly to content on publisher/provider websites.

A durable link is composed in two steps:

1.  Obtain a direct link to the desired article or book.

  • This link should be formatted so that it works consistently and is not dependent on a specific computer or browser session.
  • Instructions for specific resources, publishers, and platforms are provided in the E-Journal Articles and E-Texts and Databases sections of this guide. 


2.  Append the proxy prefix to the beginning of the direct link; this step provides secure off-campus access to resources.

  • The proxy prefix is:
  • The form below will help you append and test the durable, proxied link.


Paste the link to your resource in the box below: (Include http:// at the front)

New Durable URL:

Example: Durable Link via Publisher/Provider​

To create a link to this article: Abate, L., Gomes, A., & Linton, A. (2011). Engaging students in active learning: use of a blog and audience response system. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 30(1), 12-18. doi:10.1080/02763869.2011.540206.

   1. Direct link to article:


   2. Proxy prefix + direct link:


Need help?

We will create durable links for you!  

Library staff are ready to help!  Send us your syllabus and we will:

  • Check for broken links and update links as needed.
  • Ensure that links work from on- and off-campus locations.
  • Add new links to materials in Himmelfarb Library's collections. 

Please contact:

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