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.
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:
Ebsco is our biggest database provider: