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Creating Persistent Links to Online Articles and Other Library Resources

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This page explains the basics of how linking library resources works. For specific guidance for frequently used databases, see the other tabs in the guide.

The Proxy Prefix - Needed for off-campus use

The library's proxy service allows people from off-campus to access online resources in the same way they would if they were physically at the university. A link that begins with our proxy prefix prompts users to login with their UMassD credentials and authenticates them to use our resources. For you and your students, this will look and feel just like logging into the university's my.umassd portal.

Many databases now include this proxy prefix automatically in their custom persistent links. The tabs in this guide show you how to find that persistent, stable link in specific databases or on database platforms (like EBSCO or ProQuest, which offer many databases). You cannot use the address in your browser's address bar as a stable link.

Please remember that databases do occasionally change their linking strategies. It's worth keeping a record of the full citation of anything you link, in case you need to revise it later.

The Library's Proxy Prefix

The library proxy prefix for UMassD is:

An example of a persistent link to a library resource with the library's proxy prefix placed at the beginning:

proxy link example

You will see this prefix at the beginning of most persistent links. Sometimes libproxy.umassd is embedded in the link itself, which is fine. Keep an eye out for this. If you don't see libproxy.umassd somewhere in the URL you're copying, it will not ask users to login, and they will not be able to see the content you're linking.