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Linking to Library Resources in Canvas

You may link to the majority of the journal/newspaper articles and online books you find in our library databases for your Canvas courses, web pages, and email using "persistent" links to articles. 

When providing access to journal articles for off-campus users, you need to direct the persistent link to your chosen article through the library's EZproxy server.  Your off-campus users will be prompted for their Mikenet username and password to access the article.

Procedure:

Step 1: Copy the "persistent" link to the article from your database search.  See Persistent Linking to Journal Articles for information on how to do this.

Step 2: If the persistent link to your article is from an EbscoHost or ProQuest database, you are all set.  You should see the proxy URL http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url=  as prefix to your persistent link.  All other databases' (eg. JSTOR, Muse, Gale, ect) require you to put the proxy url in front of the persistent link.

For Example: http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=16900959&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Copy & paste the proxy url http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= and put it in front of the persistent URL you retrieved from the database.

Step 3: Take the url you created in Step 2 and use it paste it into your Canvas utility.  Test it to make sure it is working.


QUESTIONS?

Question: How do I link to a library database for my off-campus students in Canvas? 

Answer: Go to the database title list, copy the database text link (or right click on the text link and choose copy shortcut) and paste into your Canvas syllabus.  The link is already proxied for off-campus students.

Question: What is a persistent link?

Answer: Persistent links (also called durable links) are Internet URLs that remain consistent over time.  This is not always the same URL found in the browser window of a library database article - those may only work temporarily.  See Persistent Linking to Journal Articles for information on how each database provider provides its persistent links.

Question: I have an article from a journal.  How do I know which database to use to access the journal article?

Answer: Use Journal Finder.  Search the journal title (not the article title) and you will get a list of databases that allow full-text access and persistent linking to your article.

Please contact your library liaison for help with linking to articles



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Step 1: Copy the "persistent" link to the resource from your database search.

Step 2: If the persistent link is from an EbscoHost or ProQuest database, or some eBooks, you are all set. You should see the proxy URL http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= as prefix to your persistent link. All other databases (eg. JSTOR, Muse, Gale, ect) require you to put the proxy url in front of the persistent link.

For Example: http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=16900959&site=ehost-live&scope=site

If you don't see the proxy url, copy & paste the proxy http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= and put it in front of the persistent URL you retrieved from the database.

Step 3: Take the url you created in Step 2 and use it paste it into your Canvas course. Test it to make sure it is working.

Note the database provider you are using to link to your article. This is usually in the upper left corner of your screen. Scroll down the list below for the procedure to link to the persistent URL for that database. Contact your library liaison for help.

Don't know which database provider can deliver your journal article? Use Journal Finder and search for the journal name. The database(s) that provide full-text access to that journal will be listed.


Ebscohost

EBSCOhost Discovery Search/Databases: Academic Search Premier, America: History and Life, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Premier, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, ERIC Database, GreenFILE, Historical Abstracts, Index to Jewish Periodicals, MLA , Philosopher's Index, SocINDEX

  1. Click on article title link. This brings you to the Citation View.
  2. Find the Permalink in the right column.
  3. Copy the permalink. You are all set to use in Canvas for on and off-campus students.


ProQuest

ProQuest Databases: Ethnic NewsWatch, Historical Newspapers, National Newspapers Premier, New York Times Current, New York Times Historical, Wall Street Journal Current, Wall Street Journal Historical, Washington Post Current, Washington Post Historical

  1. View the full text of the desired article.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and find the Document URL
  3. Copy the Document URL. You are all set to use in Canvas for on and off-campus students.


Gale

Gale Databases: Academic OneFile, Business & Company Resource Center, General Reference Center Gold, General Reference Center Gold, Infotrac Custom Newspapers and more...

  1. View the full text of the desired article.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and find the Document URL
  3. Copy the Document URL.
  4. Off-campus access requires your add http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the Document URL


JSTOR

JSTOR

  1. Browser URLs in JSTOR are stable. When copying a URL for an article, it's advisable to copy the URL from the PDF's window (assuming you want to link to the PDF). If you prefer to link to something other than the PDF, copy the Stable URL from the "Bibliographic Info" tab on the "Article Information" page
  2. Off-campus access requires your add http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the durable URL


MUSE

ProjectMuse

  1. All article-level URLs in MUSE are stable. Just copy the url link from your browser address bar in the article pdf or html view.
  2. Off-campus access requires your add http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the durable URL


ScienceDirect

Science Direct

  1. Find the full text article that you want to link to.
  2. Click the article title link
  3. Use the right-hand button of your mouse to click on the doi link and select “Copy Shortcut”
  4. Off-campus access requires your add http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the durable URL


ACS

American Chemical Society Web Edition

  1. All article-level URLs in ACS are stable. Just copy the url link from your browser address bar in the article pdf or html view.
  2. Off-campus access requires your add http://library.smcvt.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the durable URL




Question: How do I link to a library database for my off-campus students in Canvas?

Answer: Go to the database title list, copy the database text link (or right click on the text link and choose copy shortcut) and paste into your Canvas syllabus. The link is already proxied for off-campus students.

Question: What is a persistent link?

Answer: Persistent links (also called durable links) are Internet URLs that remain consistent over time. This is not always the same URL found in the browser window of a library database article - those may only work temporarily.

Question: I have an article from a journal. How do I know which database to use to access the journal article?

Answer: Use Journal Finder. Search the journal title (not the article title) and you will get a list of databases that allow full-text access and persistent linking to your article.

Please contact your library liaison for help with linking to articles

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