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Persistent Links: Creating Proxied Links for Off-Campus Use

Learn how to create persistent links to articles in BGSU library databases that will work from on or off campus.

Making Sure Off-Campus Users Have Access

When you provide article URLs to your students, they have to be both PERSISTENT and PROXIED.   A persistent link will be sure they get back to the correct article.   A proxied link will enable access for off-campus users as well as users on campus.

Not all persistent URLs are proxied URLs.  Proxying a URL prompts off-campus users for a login.  

To ensure that your links work for off-campus users, make sure that the URL begins with http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=

For example: http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/3556958

If you are linking to articles in open-access journals or to freely available web content, you don't have to worry about this.

EZProxy Prepend for BGSU: http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=

Examples of proxied URLs that will work from on or off campus:

Proxied persistent URL from JSTOR:  http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/3556958

Proxied permalink from EBSCOhost:  http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=154466736&site=ehost-live&scope=site 

Some databases (like EBSCO) automatically format persistent URLs as proxied, but if not, you can set them up yourself by adding  http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu/login?url=   to the front of the URL, as in the example above. Having done this, the URL should prompt you for your BGSU login if you are off campus.