Linking to Library Resources

If you teach an online course at CSUSB, or you use a Web page to support a conventional course, you can include links to library resources. Any subscription-based library resource (such as a journal, article, or research database) can be linked so long as it has a durable URL and the link includes the library's proxy server information.

For assistance creating links or for any questions about linking to library resources, contact Stacy Magedanz, magedanz@csusb.edu or 909-537-5103.

Link Elements

Durable URL's: Sometimes this is the address displayed in your Web browser's toolbar. But in some databases, that address is session-specific and will expire in a few hours, making it unusable. Such databases usually offer a "Permalink" or DOI link as an alternative. See the instructions below for complete details about finding a durable URL.

Proxy Information: For off-campus access, all URL's for subscription-based resources must include a prefix that routes the user through the library's proxy server. If this prefix is missing, students will not be able to login the resource from home.

The prefix is http://libproxy.lib.csusb.edu/login?url=

Any URL with the proxy prefix attached will have two "http" elements in it. There must be no spaces between the prefix and the resource URL. A correctly prefixed URL will look something like this:

http://libproxy.lib.csusb.edu/login?url=http://www.servername.com/pagename.htm

Blackboard users: For best results, mark the option to have the link to open in a new window or tab; Blackboard's frame can sometimes prevent a link from opening correctly.

If a resource is available on the Web for free, do not provide the proxy information in the link. If in doubt, contact Stacy Magedanz.

Creating Links

Link to a Library Database:

Example: PsycINFO

  1. Locate the database link on Pfau Library's list of Databases A-Z.
  2. Right-click on the link and choose "Copy link" or "Copy shortcut."
  3. Paste the link into your Web page. These links already include the library's proxy prefix.

Link to a Journal:

Example: Journal of Second Language Writing

  1. Locate the desired title in our Journals List.
  2. Click on the title to display the full record.
  3. The record will indicate what dates are available and provide a link to the journal.
  4. Right-click on the link you wish to use and choose "Copy link" or "Copy shortcut."
  5. Paste the link into your Web page. You do not need to add the library's proxy prefix.

Link to a Full-Text Article or Other Data

Example: Diane Pecorari, "Good and original: Plagiarism and patchwriting in academic second-language writing." Journal of Second Language Writing, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2003, pp. 17-345.
Example: Company Profile and Financial Record, Walt Disney Co.
Example: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Movement 1 (molto allegro)

For purposes of linking to content within library databases, there are generally two options: copy a "Permalink" or DOI link provided by the database, or copy the link that appears in your Web browser, then add the proxy prefix.

Instructions for most databases:

Applies to ACS Publications, CountryWatch, Emerald, IEEE Xplore, JSTOR, Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online, Mergent, Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford Journals, Oxford Art, Oxford Music, Project MUSE, SAGE, ScienceDirect, Springerlink, and Wiley:

  1. Display the page or PDF document you wish to link to.
  2. Copy the URL that appears in the "Location" or "Address" box on your Web browser.
  3. Paste the URL into your Web page.
  4. Add the library's proxy prefix to the front of URL.

Instructions for ACM Digital Library

  1. Click the article title to display the article information (abstract, references, etc) or view the HTML version of the article ("View HTML").
  2. Look for a link labeled DOI
  3. Right-click on the DOI link and choose "Copy link" or "Copy shortcut."
  4. Paste the URL into your Web page.
  5. Add the library's proxy prefix to the front of URL.

Instructions for Classical Music Library

  1. Display the main page for the piece you want.
  2. Click the "Embed/Link" icon.
  3. Copy the Permalink and paste it URL into your Web page. This URL will already include the library's proxy prefix.
  4. If you prefer to embed the player in your Web page, copy the html code provided.

CML currently has a limit of 3 simultaneous users.

Instructions for EBSCOhost-platform databases

  1. Click on the article title to display the citation and abstract.
  2. To the right of the abstract, click on the icon labeled "Permalink."
  3. Copy the URL given in this field and paste it into your Web page. This URL will already include the library's proxy prefix.

DO NOT copy the URL in the "Address" or "Location" box on your browser! That URL is not stable and will expire after a short period. Use only the "Permalink" for EBSCOhost content.

Instructions for NetAdvantage

Not all portions of NetAdvantage have stable URLs. In general, you can link to a section of NetAdvantage, but not necessarily a specific document or PDF file. Contact Stacy Magedanz for further details.

Instructions for ProQuest-platform databases

Applies to ABI/INFORM, Newsstand, Dissertations & Theses, and IIMP Full Text.

  1. Click the document title to display the text, citation, and abstract.
  2. Near the bottom of the article page is a field labeled Document URL.
  3. Copy the URL given in this field and paste it into your Web page. This URL will already include the library's proxy prefix.

Instructions for WestlawNext

DO NOT copy the URL in the "Address" or "Location" box on your browser! That URL is not stable and will expire after a short period. However, it is possible to construct durable links to specific articles or sections in WestlawNext. Please contact Stacy Magedanz for assistance.


Link to an Ebook

Look up the ebook in OneSearch: Books & Media (CSUSB). Display the full record for the ebook you want.

  • Go to the "Send To" section (at the bottom of the full record page).
  • Click the Permalink icon.
  • Copy the URL provided and paste it into your Web page.
  • Do not add the proxy prefix, it is not needed in this case.

Example: What Is Posthumanism? by Carey Wolfe

If you prefer to link to specific chapter or section of the book:

For Ebook Central:

  1. Display the section of the book you wish to link to.
  2. Click the "Share Link" icon on the Ebook Central toolbar.
  3. Copy the URL and paste it into your Web page.
  4. Do not add the proxy prefix, it is not needed in this case.

For Safari Tech Books:

  1. Display the section of the book you wish to link to.
  2. Copy the URL that appears in the "Location" or "Address" box on your Web browser.
  3. Paste the URL into your Web page.
  4. Add the library's proxy prefix to the front of URL.

If an ebook will be required reading for your course, make note of how many users can access the book at the same time. Many of our ebooks have no limits on the number of simultaneous users, but others are limited, usually from 1 to 3 users. If the ebook has a user limit, the amount will be indicated in the link to the full text. If a book is licensed for a single user, the library may be able to purchase additional access upon request. For further information, contact Stacy Magedanz.

For more about ebooks, check our Library Guide: Ebooks at Pfau Library.


Link to Streaming Video

For complete details, please see our Library Guide, Streaming Video: Tips for Instructors.


Link to a OneSearch Search or Record

Example: OneSearch CSUSB Books & Media search for: income distribution inequality united states

  1. In OneSearch, run any desired search, in any scope.
  2. When the results list appears, copy the URL found in the "Location" or "Address" box on your Web browser. Paste this URL into your Web page.

To link to a specific record: Cick the item's title to display the full record. In the "Send to" section, click the Permalink icon, then copy the URL provided.


Link to an Article Search in EBSCOhost-platform Databases

Example: Search in EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier for: capital punishment and discrimination (limited to peer-reviewed, full-text journals only)

  1. Go into one of the EBSCOhost databases named above.
  2. Run a search. You can apply any search limits you wish (full text, peer-reviewed, etc.)
  3. At the top of the results page, click the Share option.
  4. Look for the Permalink. Paste it into your Web page. This URL will already contain the library's proxy prefix.

Link to Course Reserves

You can link to the list of items on Reserve for your Course, including any ebooks.

  1. Go to the Course Reserves List.
  2. Click the link for your course to display the listing.
  3. Copy the URL that appears in the "Location" or "Address" box on your Web browser.
  4. Paste the URL into your Web page.
  5. Do not add the proxy prefix, it is not needed in this case.