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Link Creator Tool

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.

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: https://colorado.idm.oclc.org/login?url=
  • 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:

Scroll down for tips and an example.

Tips

  • If you use Find It @ CU links from OneSearch or from a publisher's website to access your article, click on Open content in a new tab at bottom of right-side frame.
  • There should be no spaces between the proxy prefix and the direct URL.
  • Always test the complete link (e.g. the proxy prefix+direct URL).
  • Freely accessible materials do not need the proxy prefix and may not work with the proxy prefix.
  • Some resources do not allow you to copy the browser URL to share with others because a limited time session URL is displayed (Ebscohost, for example). When you leave that session, or share with someone, that URL will no longer work. For resources like this, look for a link/button labeled as "permalink", "cite" or something similar.
  • If you are off campus using EZProxy when you initially access the article, you may have to edit your durable citation before adding the proxy prefix.  For example, here is the durable URL for a Journal of Geography article:
    1. URL as displayed: http://search.proquest.com.colorado.idm.oclc.org/pao/docview/1290538558/52284163379B4685PQ/6?accountid=14503
    2. URL edited to remove embedded proxy information: http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1290538558/52284163379B4685PQ/6?accountid=14503
    3. Final URL with proxy prefix added to the beginning of the link: https://colorado.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1290538558/52284163379B4685PQ/6?accountid=14503
  • If you are converting a link that was generated with the previous proxy, you will need to remove the old proxy wrapper before using the Link Creator.For example, here is the durable URL for an Animal Behaviour article:
  1. URL as displayed: http://0-www.sciencedirect.com.libraries.colorado.edu/science/article/pii/0003347262900556
  2. URL edited to remove embedded proxy information: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003347262900556
  3. Final URL with proxy prefix added to the beginning of the link: https://colorado.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003347262900556

Example

To create a link to this article: Aversa, E., Bajjaly, S., Barlow, D., Hahn, T. B., Lester, J., Riggs, B., & Roderer, N. (2009). Web‐based teaching: Surviving and thriving in a pluralistic online world. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 46(1), 1-3. doi:10.1002/meet.2009.1450460156

   1. Direct link to article:

  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/meet.2009.1450460156/abstract

   2. Proxy prefix + direct link:

  • https://colorado.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/meet.2009.1450460156/abstract

 

Many thanks to George Washington University's Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library for assistance in creating this guide.