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Faculty Webpage: Linking to E-Journal articles

Why create links?

Durable links are hyperlinks to electronic resources (e.g. journal articles, books and book chapters, databases, etc.) which are available as part of Himmelfarb Library's online collections.  Durable links allow faculty to connect students to required and recommended readings and do not require faculty to obtain copyright permission.  
If you prefer to post files of copyrighted works in Blackboard, please consult:

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 Laura Abate ( or 202-994-8570) or Ruth Bueter ( or 202-994-9756) prior to assigning a reading to fifteen or more students.

Creating links to library articles & books

We recommend using permanent links described above whenever possible as these links will require the least maintenance for you.  If permanent links are not possible, 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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