A stable link is a web address that consistently points to a specific e-resources such as an ebook, an article, a video, a record in OneSearch, or a database. A stable link may also be called a permalink, document URL,or persistent URL. DOIs (digital object identifiers) found in many databases can also serve as stable links.
When adding links to library resources to your course site it is critical to include information that will trigger remote authentication. We use a system called EZProxy. Below is information about how to ensure the EZProxy authentication is triggered by resource URLs you add to your course site.
Records for e-resources in OneSearch all have permalinks. Permalinks will take students to the item record in OneSearch: there they can link out to the item and remote authentication will automatically engage if they are off campus.
While permalinks to OneSearch require an extra click to get to the item itself, there are two potential advantages of using OneSearch permalinks: 1. some electronic items appear in multiple databases and the OneSearch full record reflects those options (especially helpful if one or another resource is temporarily unavailable), and 2. if database links change, they'll be automatically updated in OneSearch.
Many times it is possible to link directly to one of our resources; most of our databases include stable link in the item record, though the term used and the location of the link will vary. To ensure off-campus access to these links it is important that when you place links in your online course that links include the EZProxy information which will trigger authentication for Brooklyn College users.
Be sure to tell your students that they will be required to authenticate with the Library's EZProxy server to link to licensed resources from off campus. The instructions for remote access to Library resources is at https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/accounts/remoteaccess. Students can also find remote access instructions under the Library tab in Blackboard.
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