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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?
- A durable link combines the proxy prefix which hooks the link into Himmelfarb Library: http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url= with a stable URL for the item (example: http://www.nejm.org). The two components are combined with no spaces: http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url=http://www.nejm.org
- Durable links may also be created by using a standard number from the item to create a link: the PMID for PubMed articles, the ISBN for books, and the ISSN for journals.
If an e-book as limited simultaneous users online, can I create a PDF and load it to Blackboard?
- No: creating a PDF and loading it to Blackboard may violate copyright as this could affect the sale of the original work. Please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reserves Department by email email@example.com or telephone at 202-994-2962 so that we can assess options.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url=
- The form below will help you append and test the durable, proxied link.
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:
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: email@example.com