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Library Resources are carefully selected and purchased with student use in mind. We pay a great deal of attention to which of our resources actually get used so that we can allocate our resources in the most effective way. How many users "click-through" is a statistic that weighs heavily in our decisions. Therefore, it is important both for copyright reasons and for library allocation resources that you LINK to our electronic offerings rather than providing a copy directly to the student (which may also be illegal).
Because library resources are restricted to the Potsdam community, when users are off-campus, we authenticate their connection to SUNY Potsdam through a proxy service which requires them to log-in. Linking to a library resource requires the presence of the proxy prefix in front of the resource URL so that students will be passed through as a valid user.
Below are procedures for creating usable links to library resources. Note: it is important that YOU TEST LINKS FROM OFF-CAMPUS before distributing them to students. We are happy to help you trouble shoot any difficulties! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Linking Library Resources - How
There are several options for obtaining good links to library resources. First, find the full-text of the resource you want to link to. If you have a resource in mind, but cannot find the full-text, please contact the library and we can help you determine if it is lurking somewhere in our database. To make a permalink to a full-text library resource, you will be in one of these four situations:
Many library databases will provide a pre-formatted link, often called a "permalink" for you.
Sometimes you can create a link by appending the proxy prefix ( https://potsdam.idm.oclc.org/login?url= ) to the resource URL
Some databases (listed below) have unique methods.
Sometimes you can't create a single link, but need to provide a link to the database and tell the student how to search for the resource.
Ebsco is our biggest database provider:
all Ebsco records, no matter which database you are in, have a "permalink" toggle that can be found on the right side of the record for a given item (see screen shot below).
Clicking this opens a permalink bar at the top of the record which has the URL that you can copy and paste into your syllabus, moodle, etc.(see second screen shot below)
Note that this permalink leads the user back to the RECORD, not the full text.
Make sure that there is a link to the full-text on the left side of the page, such as a link to a PDF, or all the student will get is the record.